OKLAHOMA CITY - Sonic Industries Inc., franchisor of America’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, has announced the opening of a new Sonic Drive-in in Venus.

“We are very excited to open a new Sonic in Venus,” said Ayman Almubiadin, manager. “We are looking forward to serving the community and delivering the great service Sonic Drive-Ins are known for across the country.”

Ali Sharaf is the principal owner of the new Sonic located at 100 E. Highway 67. The restaurant features 19 drive-in stalls, one walk-up ordering station and a drive-through.

Sonic, which specializes in made-after-you-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and personal carhop service.

Popular menu items include toaster Sandwiches (hamburgers and sandwiches served on thick Texas toast) extra-long cheese coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), fresh-made onion rings, tater tots and a variety of frozen and fountain favorites.

Sonic originally started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In, and then changed its name to Sonic in 1959.

The first drive-in to adopt the Sonic name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla.

According to a Sonic Industries press release, Sonic has more than 3,000 drive-ins from coast to coast and in Mexico. More than a million customers eat at Sonic every day.