Sonic, America's Drive-In Coming to Timonium?

There is a proposal on the table to bring the fast food restaurant to York Road, although a zoning hurdle must first be cleared.

There is a proposal on the table to bring Sonic, America's Drive-In, to York Road in Lutherville-Timonium. 

Community leaders are planning to meet with the franchisee to address concerns over possible traffic issues. Community association representatives pointed to the popularity of the fast food chain's Rosedale location on Pulaski Highway. 

UPDATED (by popular demand)—The address of the property is 2027 York Road, in Lutherville-Timonium.

"The last thing York Road needs is a line of three or four cars waiting to get in,” Eric Rockel, president of the Greater Timonium Community Council, said. 

Sonic locations are famous for reinvigorating the classic American drive-in design. Some locations, however, do feature indoor seating. 

The drive-in burger and hot dog restaurant has been proposed for the currently vacant land parcel at York and Belfast roads. The property has sat vacant for about four or years, Rockel said. The former tenant, some will remember, was a Roy Rogers franchise. 

Plans have been drawn up for the site structure, however a zoning request to approve parking on what it technically considered residential property must be cleared.

In the meantime, before community leaders meet with the possible new York Road tenant, how do you feel about a Sonic Drive-In in Timonium? Start the conversation in the comments section below. 

bob roll February 21, 2013 at 07:07 PM
affluent you don.t know this hood at all i,am hard working just gettin bye like everyone else. MOST of us in this AFFLUENT neighorhood just take pride in thier homes
Hilda February 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM
I grew up on Belfast Road so I am very familiar with that lot. I don't think it could support a Sonic, really. Nothing against Sonic or any another food joint, I just think Sonic would be better in a different location.
Hilda February 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Yes, it was a Roy Rogers for a long time before it was Boston Market. In fact, when I was very young, it was a general store with a gas station.
Austin March 03, 2013 at 03:32 AM
I live on Belfast, have watched the empty lot for over a decade, and dreamed of the day SOMETHING would move in that wasn't a Bank, or the ever so popular Cash 4 Gold places that are popping up all over. Lets be real, York road is and always will be York road (noisy, busy, etc...) The resident in question has always been vocal, and I am sure got a sweetheart deal when buying a house that is 350 feet from York road and faces temporary trailers across the road and the dumpster for Maria's.
Kristen Hoover March 16, 2013 at 03:07 AM
I think Sonic would be a decent addition to Timonium, I just think that this location is not ideal. I don't think it is a biggest enough lot to handle the size of the establishment. Also, most days, this part of York road is already at capacity. It would cause a lot of traffic problems in a already/always being worked on road. I would love to see something done with this space; a little ma and pa shop or something that was locally owned by someone who was interested in the community. I'm sure that because this place has sat vacant for this long, there is something complicated with the zoning. At the end of the day, more businesses mean more jobs and that is good for everyone.


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