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Sonic

Financing

High gas prices may be keeping customers from making longer trips to visit restaurants

The Bottom Line: A Placer.ai analysis found customers are less willing to drive long distances to visit Sonic or The Cheesecake Factory, suggesting a quiet impact of inflation on dining habits.

Leadership

Claudia San Pedro leads with super-Sonic energy

A positive attitude and a non-stop motor have helped the Sonic brand president, the 2022 Restaurant Leader of the Year, overcome any challenge, from learning English to facing a pandemic.

The concept owes its long run in no small part to recognizing a game-changing piece of equipment back when TV was a novelty.

The cofounder of the Dunkin’ and Arby’s owner also tempered expectations for an initial public offering, at least right now.

The owner of Arby’s, Sonic and Dunkin’ is bringing in the former Autogrill executive to help speed its international growth.

The onetime public servant will take the stage Tuesday at the Restaurant Leadership Conference to share her thinking on the issues and opportunities facing the business.

The one-time Oklahoma state official was honored by Restaurant Business for leading the 69-year-old drive-in brand to new heights, before and during the pandemic.

San Pedro took an unusual route to her current role. But the lessons she’s learned along the way have helped the burger chain succeed and earned her a place among nominees for Restaurant Business Restaurant Leader of the Year.

Taste Tracker: Chipotle abd Smoothie King tap into health; Wienerschnitzel, Crumbl and Pinkbox invite indulgence; Taco Bell tests chicken wings and the Patty Melt returns to Sonic.

Alliance Kitchen offers items from Buffalo Wild Wings, Sonic, Jimmy John’s, Arby’s and Rusty Taco and is designed to save on labor and equipment costs.

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