Junction City Sonic plans to build new restaurant

Junction City's Sonic Drive-In will be demolished, and the company will build a new facility, but service at the restaurant will not be interrupted.

Several major changes are in store for the local Sonic Drive-In, but that will not interrupt residents’ access to tasty burgers.

Junction City commissioners approved a request from Kaw Valley Engineering — on behalf of owner Darrell Rogers — for approval of the final plat for two parcels of land at 827 S. Washington St. Troy Livingston — the director of the city’s planning and zoning department — presented the request to commissioners Tuesday night.

“The purpose is to combine two existing parcels where the restaurant and the playground are with a single legal lot in preparation for a new Sonic being built,” Livingston said. “It’s my understanding they’re going to do all this without having to close for business.”

The restaurant and its neighboring playground will essentially switch sides, compared to their current locations.

“They’re going to demolish the playground, build a new restaurant on that side, and then demolish the restaurant and build a new playground on that side,” Livingston said. “So they’re flip-flopping.”

Construction plans include a drive-thru and an increased number of parking spaces for the restaurant. Traffic will enter through the current entrance off Washington Street at the south end of the property.

“They can probably get this done pretty quickly,” Livingston said.

In other business, commissioners made some preparations for the city’s upcoming budget process. They approved work session dates for department presentations of the budget.

“The goal is to, at our July 16 meeting, to put the budget to bed, basically,” City Manager Allen Dinkel said. “And to have a motion to go to the public hearing in the first meeting in August. We actually could go to the second meeting of August.”

Commissioners will hold budget work sessions on June 19 and 20 from 6-8 p.m.

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