(Seguin) -- Who is ready for a cheese coney and a cherry slush? The new Sonic Drive-In restaurant on West Court Street is set to open by the end of this week just in time for those Spring Breakers who are looking to take advantage of not only some good food but also some fun in the sun with Sonic's new play scape and sand volleyball court.
Sonic Owner and Operator Megan Esparza, says she's excited to finally open the newly constructed restaurant located just across the street from its current location.
"This is actually our first Sonic in our franchise to have the volleyball court and the play scape. The volleyball court, we plan on having league nights, hour reserve free play -- if we do that. It's pretty much open to everyone and we're not charging for the use of it. The only thing as far as the league nights, we're just asking the customers to buy food or drinks from us. There is no reservation fee, no play fee, basically. Same with the playground, we're offering birthday parties. They can reserve it ahead of time. If they just call the store number, they can reserve it ahead of time. They can get like a two hour block, a one hour block and then we can reserve it and get it ready to go for them. The only thing we will probably let them actually bring to the party is a cake. They get to bring their own cake, have it decorated or whatever and of course, it's the same thing, we ask the customers to buy food and drinks from us," said Esparza.
Esparza says the new drive-in will also offer a new drive-thru.
"We're also going to have a drive thru, that's a big thing here in Seguin. I know a lot of my customers are like 'I would love a drive thru. I'm ready for a drive thru.' They come for the morning drinks. They want to get out of here as quick as possible. So we're going to have the drive thru, but a drive thru is a big thing like in the mornings. We have a bunch of teachers that come in the morning right before school. It's big for them to be able to zip through the drive thru, order a drink, get out of here and get to school and same thing with the parents during happy hour. It's a big thing," said Esparza.
After taking ownership of the Sonic restaurant five years ago, Esparza says she is grateful for this new opportunity.
"Building a new one, they basically got offered the chance to buy these two properties together. It was a better deal than relocating to (Highway)46. They thought about remodeling that property, but the cost to remodel versus actually buying these two properties, it was pretty much one in the same. They would rather go all out and build brand new than remodel and close down for a certain amount of weeks like they did with the other one. You kind of live and learn. The other Sonic, they closed it down for weeks and the timeline grew and they just weren't expecting it to get that long so they wanted to do a different route, so they started building this one and now, we're only closed over there for hopefully three to four days. That's the idea behind relocating and getting new property versus remodeling," said Esparza.
Esparza says not only will the building be new but customers will also see new employees.
"It's going to be awesome. We're super excited about everything going on. Of course, we have brand new employees, tons of employees that we're trying to get hired and get trained as much as possible," said Esparza.
Sonic employees are currently making the move across the street while contractors are putting the finishing touches on the new building. Esparza says they are hoping to have their drive-in stalls open at least by Friday -- if not, as soon as possible. However when they do open, Esparza ask that customers bring some patience as they work to iron out any kinks in the new menu and order technology.
"Please work with us. Like I said, we will have tons of new employees, tons of new things to learn. It's going to be new to everybody, a brand new system, brand new ordering system, brand new menu. Just work with us. Be patient with us and pretty soon, we'll get it down as soon as possible and we'll go back to our fast business as always," said Esparza.
As for its original site, Esparza says the building will probably remain as storage for at least a year.