Sonic's new prototype encloses a traditional unit’s covered patio area.

Sonic expands indoor-dining prototype

Company increasingly adding units in colder regions

Sonic Corp. is expanding its new indoor-dining prototype into upstate New York as it presses its drive-in concept into colder regions, the company said Tuesday.

The prototype encloses a traditional unit’s covered patio area to accommodate seating protected from nature’s elements.

“If it’s good weather during the summer season, you can put the doors open and still enjoy the patio-type feel,” Sonic spokesman Patrick Lenow said. “We also have a

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