Goodyear Sonic Drive In

Goodyear City Council has approved a use permit for a new Sonic Drive-In.

Hello, readers! This week is definitely one to get mouths watering over. A long-awaited Chicago eatery has some news. Have you guessed which one? Well, I’ll let you in on the news in a moment.

Beyond that, Goodyear scored a fast food chain, there are some updates on recent items I mentioned and, unfortunately, a beloved restaurant has closed. Here’s the news!

First, as I’m sure many of you are eagerly anticipating the long-awaited arrival of Portillo’s to Avondale, I have good news! The West Valley-via-Chicago eatery, famed for its hot dogs, beef sandwiches and much more, will open Thursday, August 15.

In the meantime, Portillo’s has two other locations — one in Tempe and one in Scottsdale — as well as an outpost at Chase Field.

For readers who have never been to a Portillo’s, the restaurant’s theme takes inspiration from the look and feel of 1950s and 1960s diners. The Avondale location, at 9,000 square feet, will seat more than 200 guests, and feature an outdoor patio and a double-lane drive-thru.

The incoming Avondale location will be off McDowell Road, north of I-10 and east of 107th Avenue. It is in the vicinity of Main Event and a Starbucks. For more information, visit

Next up, some readers have inquired about the apparent closure of Majerle’s Sports Grill in Goodyear. The doors have been locked, its Facebook page shut down and its phone number deactivated.

So, the Briefcase contacted the downtown Phoenix location and was told the location has been sold so the brand can focus on its other four locations. Majerle’s fans can check those out in downtown Phoenix, Chandler, North Phoenix and Flagstaff. The former Goodyear location opened in 2009.

Majerle’s is known for its traditional sports grill offerings, from burgers to pizza, sandwiches, tacos and more. For more information, visit

Moving along, I have a quick clarification regarding The Buffalo Spot. The franchise is open at the southeast corner of McDowell Road and 99th Avenue. The address is 9897 W. McDowell Road, Suite 550. For more information, visit

Speaking of Tolleson, you may recall a mention of International Furniture Direct a couple weeks ago. The Briefcase covered the case goods manufacturer’s purchase of 48,000 square feet of a 250,000-square-foot industrial building at 9310 W. Buckeye Road. Well, the furniture importer has signed an 81-month lease.

For more information, visit

Finally, Sonic Drive-In is coming to Goodyear. A use permit was approved by city council June 24. The new Sonic will be located on the southeast corner of Estrella Parkway and Van Buren Street, at Centerra Crossings.

According to the economic development department, Sonic will occupy 5,199 square feet, and include a main building, a patio dining canopy, a parking/dining canopy, a detached parking/dining canopy, and drive-in and drive-thru options.

The new location will employ 45 staff members.

Hours will be 6 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday, and 6 to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit

That’s all the briefs for this week! Stay tuned for next week! Thanks for reading!

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