Update (5-8): The restaurant had a grand opening Friday, according to a post on the Sanford NC Restaurants Facebook page. The post included photos of the menu and indicated that the restaurant building’s drive in infrastructure will serve as covered parking. Another restaurant!

Lots of folks have noticed ongoing work at the old Sonic location, 717 S. Horner Boulevard. Tuesday, a banner appeared on the building, giving a brief answer to questions about what will occupy the space.

Star House Wings & Hibachi will open in the space, which has been empty since 2014 when the Sonic moved to a new location, at some point in the near future.

Calls to the phone numbers listed on the banner weren’t answered Tuesday. A renovation permit for the property was issued to an L&L Construction in February, and work appears to have been ongoing since that time. It looks like portions of the outside have been painted, but it’s unknown what other work has been done at the property.

Having been a Sonic in its past life, the layout of the property is unique, and it remains to be seen whether diners will be able to order food from some kind of drive-up interface or if they’ll have to (gasp) get out of their vehicles. In any case, it’s good to see an empty building being used again.

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