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Minden Sonic open for business

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The Minden Sonic is open for business with the drive-through and patio open.

It has been a year since Sonic Drive-In owner Mark Cain announced he was building in Minden.

Work on the project started in April when a building permit was issued for the property located at 1652 Highway 395.

“Coming to Minden was the original plan,” Cain told the Minden Town Board last year. “I’m extremely excited to be here. A lot of our customers in Carson City come from Minden and Gardnerville, and ask us when we’re coming down here.”

Sonic arrived in Carson City in spring 1999. Cain also operates Sonics in Reno, Spanish Springs and Fallon.

There are more than 3,500 Sonic restaurants in 44 states, according to http://www.sonicdrivein.com.

Sonic traces its history back to 1953 and a small root beer stand called Top Hat in Shawnee, Okla., according to the website. In 1959, after successfully operating a handful of Top Hat locations, Troy Smith and partner Charles Pappe christened the existing locations Sonic, a good match for their slogan, “Service at the Speed of Sound.”

The project is located across from Minden Village, where businesses have been contributing to a traffic signal for years.

The site leaves room for the light, which has not yet been approved by the Nevada Department of Transportation.