A public hearing for a 2,100 square-foot Sonic restaurant in Nesconset, at the southeast corner of Middle Country Road and Alexander Avenue, is scheduled for next week in front of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals.
The applicant attempting to open the Sonic location, Valley Stream-based Serota Smithtown LLC, will request that the town consider the 1950s diner-style restaurant its outdoor food service as an accessory use to its indoor seating, according to a Newsday article. Smithtown has a ban on outdoor dining.
However, Town Planning Director Frank DeRubeis told Newsday that he doesn't see Sonic's primary use as a service counter restaurant. "I think it's prohibited in the town," he said.
A Sonic last year , and at the end of April this year, Sonic in North Babylon , as it remains the only Sonic in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
The full text of the public notice for next week's hearing is below. More public hearings can be found on the town's public notices portion of its website.