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Sonic drive-ins formerly owned by Alizadeh to reopen in Roseville, Yuba City

Two Sonic Drive-In restaurants that were closed as part of the collapse of Abe Alizadeh’s restaurant empire will be reopening this summer in Roseville and Yuba City.
Two Sonic Drive-In restaurants that were closed as part of the collapse of Abe Alizadeh’s restaurant empire will be reopening this summer in Roseville and Yuba City. Sacramento Bee file

Two former Sonic Drive-In restaurants will reopen in the Sacramento area in June, some eight months after they were closed as part of the ongoing collapse of developer Abe Alizadeh’s restaurant empire.

Alizadeh isn’t involved in the revival. Pacific Drive-Ins LLC, a Sonic franchisee based in San Marcos, said Monday that it will reopen two restaurants in Roseville and Yuba City. The Southern California company decided against reopening the Woodland restaurant.

The three franchises were closed in October by Alizadeh, a Roseville businessman whose restaurant and real estate development companies filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Alizadeh, who once owned more than 70 restaurants in the Central Valley, later pleaded no contest to charges of deliberating failing to pay $7 million in state sales and payroll taxes.

Kasey Suryan, who runs Pacific’s real estate and development operations, said his company was granted the Roseville and Yuba City operations free of charge by Sonic Corp., the Oklahoma company that oversees the chain. “We’re a fast-growing franchisee ... with a history of quality operations,” Suryan said.

He said Pacific, which already owns 10 Sonic franchises in Southern California, plans to hire 140 workers to run the two restaurants.

Pacific passed on the Woodland location because “it’s got a lot of deferred maintenance ... and it was a lower-performing store,” Suryan said.

Last year, the federal government sued Alizadeh and three of his siblings over the failure to pay $20 million in federal withholding taxes on his restaurants. Court records show the lawsuit has been put on hold after one of Alizadeh’s siblings, his brother Mike, filed for bankruptcy two months ago.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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