San Diego County's fourth Sonic Drive-In opens with long lines despite no advertising

National City excited about newest addition

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - It was a busy Monday in National City as the South Bay's first Sonic restaurant opened its doors.

The restaurant, the fourth in San Diego County, opened on Highland Avenue off of state Route 54.

The soft opening has been in the works for two years, according to National City Mayor Ron Morrison, who greeted guests from the time the restaurant opened at 6 a.m. through the lunchtime rush.

10News was there as a line of cars wound through the nearby shopping center parking lot and out onto Highland Avenue.

"These are the kinds of problems we love having," said Morrison.

"We like to think we're In-n-Out on steroids," said Sonic COO Noah Griggs. "It's timeless. It's kind of a retro-throwback -- skating car hops."

National City hopes it works, as the Sonic has created 135 jobs.

Morrison hopes it becomes a regional draw, adding, "This is the first Sonic that is open south of the [Interstate] 8," he said.

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