Since New England's first Sonic drive-in restaurant opened on Route 1 in Peabody in late August, thousands of patrons have arrived to try out the chain's burgers, hot dogs, and milk shakes.
Shown here, Harvard University graduate student Heidi Brockmann placed an order. Brockmann was so thrilled that Sonic had opened in Peabody that she decided to celebrate her 30th birthday at Sonic with a friend. Her birthday meal: a chicken club toaster and a cranberry limeade.
Globe Staff Photo/Jim Wilson