A Shawnee icon is about to make a significant change — in location.

A Shawnee icon is about to make a significant change — in location.

The first-ever Sonic Drive-In (at 1106 N. Harrison) plans to relocate to the corner of Harrison and Highland before summer.

Kristin Davis, director of communications for Sonic, said the franchisee hopes to open the new drive-in sometime in May.

Sonic can be argued to be a household name, especially in Shawnee, given that it got its start here, and at that site.

In 1953, the prototype of the first Sonic Drive-In — then called the Top Hat Drive-In — was founded by Troy Smith Sr.

Back then, Sonic revolutionized the ordering process by using curbside speakers that allowed customers to place food orders without ever leaving their cars.

According to the site, its technology spawned the slogan “Service at the Speed of Sound,” which translated to one word — Sonic. Smith changed the name from Top Hat to Sonic in 1959.

“What once was a small hamburger and root beer stand named Top Hat Drive-In has grown to become America’s drive-in with more than 3,500 locations coast to coast,” the website, at sonicdrivein.com, reads.

The Shawnee area boasts five of those Sonic locations: 1106 N. Harrison, 4439 N. Harrison, 2131 N. Kickapoo, 4625 N. Kickapoo and 40210 Hardesty Road.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.