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Bel Air Sonic Now Open

The much-anticipated Sonic opened over the weekend.

For Bel Air residents craving a Cherry Limeade or other Sonic fare, the wait is over.

On Sunday, the located on MD Route 924 next to officially opened its doors.

“It went pretty smooth,” franchise owner Rick Joshi told Patch Monday.

The line Sunday extended beyond and almost onto the main road, according to Joshi and those who visited the business for the opening.

Joshi said he expected lines but, "it might have been a little above average from what we’ve seen in the past."

Did you brave the lines Sunday for a taste of Sonic food? How do you feel about this newly opened business? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Voice O. Reason April 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
You shouldn't expect smooth on day 1 but you shouldn't expect apathy either.
HappieGrannie April 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Okay first of all Balto Bob not sure where you live but no where in Harford County is there a Cactus Willie or Roy Rodgers so obviously you are not from here. If you do not like the food here then do not come here. As for being a Vegetarian sorry that is not the answer to all medical issues. I have friends who decided to switch over to a meat free diet and their insulin followed them along with other issues they had but being overweight was not their problem to begin with. The thing I resent most is your insinuation that EVERYONE in Harford county does nothing but eat fast food. Sorry WRONG answer. I for one eat fast food occasionally but I also head over to places like Red Lobster, Bonefish and other local restaurants that serve healthy food. So stop assuming because it shows exactly how uninformed you really are
TOPNOTCH April 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Grannie - your diet induced senility is flaring up again! The address for Roy Rogers is below, stop by for a shake and some lard fries! Cactus Willie's was in the mall, and, I suppose shut down recently to make way for more pretzel stands and Orange Julius'... oh no! Of course, I live in Bel Air. I'm the guy tailgating you in my Lexus as you drive up Rt. 543 with your left blinker on for 5 miles. Roy Rogers 1435 Rock Spring Road Bel Air, MD 21014
Jess April 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I agree Baltimore Bob, that Harford County has too many chains offering over processed, under quality foods, but before you continue your trolling, consider this my friend: the Roy Rogers has been closed for a good while now (and good riddance I say). There is a Verizon store being built over it.
Ashley April 17, 2012 at 08:41 PM
That Roy Rogers has been closed for years. Shows how much you know.
Richard Smith April 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Bob is a troll. Ignore it. He didn't even know that Roy Rogers and Cactus Willies both closed Years ago. Just a bored troll.
Ed April 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I really don't care how many fast food places there are in Harford County. They do provide jobs and you have a choice to eat there or not. Most do have a healthier choice on their menu. One thing is for sure though, whether you're a meat eater or vegetarian you can't buy manners or respect at any one of them. Which, sadly to say, is definitely in short supply here.
Nick April 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Its funny how everyone complains about the abundance of fast food restaurants in Harford County. The fact is that these companies do a cost benefit analysis of any restaurant built and let me assure you they would not build a fast food restaurant unless they thought it was going to be profitable. If the market wasn't so large in this area, then there wouldn't be this many places to eat fast food. It is simple supply and demand. The people in this county demand more fast food by consuming it at an expanding rate, and the fast food companies respond by supplying more until the market reaches an equilibrium. Don't like it, don't eat there. But until more people feel the same, we will continue to see an abundance of fast food establishments in this area.
Eric bel air April 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Being built? It's already open :)
Eric bel air April 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Well said. I wonder if any of the complainers are outside the sites with picket signs or writing to get the building permits/food licenses blocked.
Linda April 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM
can't find a CiCi's Pizza anywhere in Harford County!?!!
Sheeple April 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM
That is now a Verizon store, Roys has been gone for qute awhile now.
TOPNOTCH April 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Wait, wait, wait, Richard... a troll is someone who says outlandish things that they ultimately don't really believe to elicit a response. I, however, absolutely believe the following: 1. This county has WAY too many undesirable food choices. For every salad bar that is eliminated (ex. Safeway on Brierhill), 5 fast food restaurants open shortening the collective lifespan of an entire generation (or two). 2. Poor diet is the NUMBER ONE cause of health issues worldwide, and when the populace is continually force fed processed garbage via McDonald's, Wendy's, Sonic, etc., sooner or later they know no better and applaud openings like the heralded Sonic opening. 3. I really do believe that you're a 'Richard'. No, really,
TOPNOTCH April 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM
@Eric. Why would I care enough to picket a restaurant opening? Regardless of the inherent idiocy, it's YOUR health and your circumstances. Besides, Bel Air's collective physiques provide MUCH laughs at the pool in the Summertime. LOL at the fatsos in swim trunks and t-shirts and one-pieces and frumpy skirts. Hide that blubber!
we-miss-nj April 18, 2012 at 01:00 AM
There was a head-on collision in front of Sonic this afternoon..... That intersection is now a complete mess.....
Eric bel air April 18, 2012 at 01:12 AM
You sure seem to care based on the multiple comments on this story and the changing of your screen name. Perhaps instead of spending all this energy on these posts how about write a blog on the consequences of a fast food diet and healthy alternatives. I'm sure the Patch would have no problem posting it in the Health section. If you're implying I'm fat, hardly, in fact I'm quite the opposite, I have trouble keeping on pounds. But I don't like fast or processed food either- I can't even remember the last time I went to a McD's but if people patronize the store then there's demand. If people want to eat unhealthy that's their choice. Still plenty of other places to get healthy stuff (most the grocery stores, Wegmans, Farmer's Market, the local farms, even Wawa/RF have salads, fresh fruit etc). Since you feel there's a bad eating habit in the area with too many fast food joints, what do you feel should be done about it?
Phil Dirt April 18, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Choice is good.
we-miss-nj April 18, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Thanks captain obvious, but you fail to comprehend WHY people are complaining, they want GOOD places to eat, places with fresh food and atmosphere, not frozen food in a cookie cutter building. This area's resturant choices are AWEFUL, and you not recognizing this fact is EXACTLY what is wrong with Bel Air.
Richard Smith April 18, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Lack of intelligence much?
Eric bel air April 18, 2012 at 05:42 AM
we-miss-nj since you complain about the lack of choices around here let's hear your take on this. I can name quite a few in the Bel Air area alone which are locally owned with unique and fresh offerings. So what restaurants would you like to see around here that you consider GOOD? I can see 3 options. 1) Since you feel there's a gap in restaurant offerings and know the demands of the area, this should be an excellent business opportunity to open your own establishment. Let's see how well it succeeds. If you're not so ambitious, at the very least, have you contacted the owners of existing establishments to see if they want to expand here? Many "mom and pop" restaurants that started in MD have expanded to other states (Green Turtle, MaGerks, Philips Seafood, Ginos etc), it can go both ways. 2) Move. If you don't like what the area has to offer, move on. There's plenty of other choices in this state/country/world. This area is not for everyone. 3) Keep complaining and see if that gets you anywhere.
Nick April 18, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Well since the obviousness of my statement was lost on you I'll say it again. If there was a demand then there would be a supply. If you think that people want more choices than open a dining establishment and capitalize on this gap in service. Obviously there is not as much demand for other kinds of eateries as you think. (Or, more likely, you haven't opened your eyes long enough to see them as you barrel down the road cutting people off and shouting obsceneties) Frankly, I've spent a great deal of time in New Jersey and I for the life of me can't see what you miss so much. Why don't you go back to the "Armpit of America", convince yourself that smell isn't the fact your state is a dumping ground for New York, and quit complaining about this area. No one asked you to come here. And by the way, they have browsers with built in spell checks in New Jersey too.
Stephen Wolsknik April 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM
< insert sarcasm here > Everyone complaining should go eat at Gus's Deli Mart. They are obviously the best, freshest, healthiest, and all around wholesome food in town! Just take a look at the Patch's [non] Readers Poll! How can you go wrong! < end sarcasm >
Dadof2 April 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I'm big enough to admit that I must have been thinking about someone else (Karl Schub?) when I was referring to Top Notch (formerly Baltimore Bob?)... and I sincerely apologize. I guess I confused the two of you because you both seem to have such an axe to grind all the time, always so negative. Not that there's anything wrong with different opinions or voicing one's concerns... but for goodness sake, stop looking for controversy. Remember the golden rule your mother taught you: "If you've got nothing good to say, say nothing." Or, maybe more to the point, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." So maybe, Top Notch, you SHOULD consider opening a business in the area to promote healthier eating... you seems to think you're the expert on the subject. Oh, and I'm glad I can make you laugh all the time. With the increased calories I'm helping you burn, maybe you can afford to enjoy a Sonic Bacon Cheeseburger!? Just don't laugh as you swallow... that could be dangerous!
we-miss-nj April 19, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Captain obvious strikes again. Facts are facts: Bel Air restaurants and entertainment choices are as substandard as your intellect, but keep repeating yourself, Let's see how that works out for you.. Btw: There's no insult you can say or write that will bother me, so you might as well quit while you're behind, we NJ natives are a proud bunch with thicker skin than a Bel Air native's fat stomach.
Patrick April 19, 2012 at 02:40 PM
There was a mass influx of horrible drivers moving in from New Jersey.... This county is now a complete mess.....
Karl Schuub April 19, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Ax to grind? I normally try to refrain from making gratuitous shots at people and sticking to the issues. Admit however to finding it ironically amusing reading a nasty paragraph imploring others not to be nasty.
Patrick April 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
@we-miss-nj: What exactly are you missing out on? Are there not enough pizza and bagel choices around to heal your broken Jersey heart? Bel Air was meant to be a small town suburb. I seriously doubt that you moved into the area without ever having visited, since you were most likely given multiple house-hunting-trips by the Army. You can drive 30 minutes or less and get to plenty of food/entertainment options that Bel Air doesn't have to offer. Exactly what type of entertainment are you used to in a suburb anyway? Perhaps, if you people would give the area a chance, instead of hitting the road every Friday afternoon (or Thursday if you're on AWS....or Wednesday if you also telework) to return to the luxurious state of New Jersey, you might find this area is rather pleasant. Then again, y'all had your minds made up long before the BRAC was complete.
Voice O. Reason April 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Eric, please share your "unique and fresh" places. Seriously. I need some new choices and I'm hungry!
Merry Legs May 04, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Don't forget another pharmacy!
Ahmad0001 December 18, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Hummus Hut? Veggie Burger Queen? Oh, maybe HdG Bean Sprouts R Us? http://www.onlinedatastoragesite.com/softwares/twin-boot-operating-systems.html

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