Nesconset residents outraged at plans to build new Sonic restaurant

Residents say the restaurant's closing time of 2 a.m. will cause unwanted noise and commotion late into the night. (4/10/14)

NESCONSET - A number of Nesconset residents are outraged over plans to build a new Sonic restaurant.

Back in 2012, the Smithtown Zoning Board turned down a Sonic proposal, but state Supreme Court Judge Daniel Martin recently ruled that Sonic has a right to build its second Long Island drive-in restaurant.

Martin said the board "improperly bowed to community pressure" and "evidence presented was uncorroborated by expert data or testimony."

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Residents say they are concerned about traffic congestion, trash, loud noise and the fact that the restaurant is open until 2 a.m.

The Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals tells News 12 it is appealing the judge's decision in favor of building Sonic.

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