First, my apologies to anyone who tried to make it to the Grand Opening on Saturday – I was not aware at the time that it was a special VIP-only shindig. However, being a VIP myself, I was able to make the party and will now share some of the fun we had. Sorry, no food available here – or there until Monday 4/6.
The VIP-GO was a great success. It was attended by members of the Santee City Council, Santee Chamber of Commerce, Aztec Athletic Boosters, and a few others by invitation. Channels 8 and 10 were on hand to cover the event, as well as a photographer for the city and, of course, yours truly. Mayor Randy Voepel gave a refreshingly short welcome to Sonic, comparing Santee to Mayberry (the iconic small town), and owner Max Gelwix thanked the city for all of its efforts to smooth the way for the building of the restaurant. This was followed by the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon to mark the opening.
I will tell you this – there is nothing like a VIP opening with dozens of people milling around tables set up in what will be drive-in/drive-through space to put roller-skating car-hops to the test. Before the official ceremony these agile young men and women were darting around with trays of sample drinks – ocean water and cherry limeade. Then it got tricky. After the ribbon cutting VIPs were able to order food from the Sonic Order Board – the problem came with delivery. Normally the car-hops roll out to a car parked in one of the spaces, double-check the order, and then leave the food for the hungry diners. Last night they had to search for the people who ordered, then wandered off to find a table to sit at. There were a few mix-ups, and a couple of spilled drinks, but overall things went well.
Sonic will be open to the public starting at 10:00 am on Monday, so watch for a huge traffic jam along eastbound Mission Gorge Rd. that day, as well as in the left turn lane westbound. They will have a shortened schedule the first week, then regular hours beginning the second week. A second Sonic will be opening this summer in Vista, to be followed by at least a half dozen more.
Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Ehlke, enjoy samples of cherry limeade
Miss Santee and Miss Santee Teen with Chamber of Commerce President, Rob McNelis
Channels 8 and 10 interview owner Max Gelwix as Mayor Randy Voepel watches
Carhops deliver an order to a table of VIP guests
Not even the camera crews could resist the Sonic experience
Tables full of VIPs enjoy Sonic’s offerings
Carhops in Action
Your new Santee Sonic
Channel 7 had a good piece on the Sonic Grand Opening