Company has not made decision about when to reopen

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Any locals jonesing for a Sonic shake or burger will have to wait at least a little while longer to pick one up in the city.

Sonic executives still have not made a decision about when to reopen the Waukesha location, 2208 E. Moreland Blvd., and likely will not make one before the end of the year. In response to questions from Waukesha Now about the future of the drive-thru, Sonic reissued the same statement it made in August after the restaurant closed.

In that statement, Drew Ritger, Sonic's senior vice president of development, said the Waukesha location closed for renovations and staff training after a change in ownership. He also described the closure as "short" and said the restaurant would open again "soon."

A possible reopening date again was not specified.

According to Waukesha Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin, no plans for the Waukesha location have been filed -- by Sonic or anyone else -- as of mid-November.

Abrupt closure

The Waukesha Sonic shuttered abruptly in late August. That news came on heels of the announcement of the closure of the Sonic in Oak Creek.

During a recent visit, the vacant restaurant looked much the same as it had shortly after it closed. Sign holders around the building and at the individually serviced parking stalls were empty, and doors to the building were locked. Two orange-and-white striped barricades that were blocking the drive-thru had been wind-thrown or moved aside into a grassy median.

Sonic has roughly 3,500 drive-ins in 45 states, according to the company's website. The Sonic at 27th Street in Greenfield and along Miller Park Way remain open, as does a location in Madison.

When Sonic sought space in Waukesha eight years ago, the owner also considered a location in the Shoppes at Fox River along Sunset Drive, but the proposal faded in the face of opposition from residential neighbors across the street. The Moreland site, near the Westbrook Shopping Center, was eventually selected.

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