|Abandoned Sonic, America's Drive-In, Darboy, Wisconsin, July 24, 2012|
"A fun-retro future look" is how the Sonic® website describes the franchise's architecture to investors. Our friend Amber commuted to the location to work as a manager and we'd see her occasionally as we commuted to our college professor gig. The day we made this photograph in July, the temps were hovering near 100 degrees. "The Ultimate Drink Stop®, SONIC's line-up of Fountain Favorites® drinks..." had ceased operations and hence no carhops to serve the thirsty in the parched parking lot near the Kohl's. By October, the carport had been removed and the building otherwise reconfigured painted. A sign posted at the edge of the parking lot announced that a Dunkin' Donuts® would open soon and it did.