For the first time, Baltimoreans will get a taste of Sonic Drive-In’s famed comfort foods – tater tots, cherry limeades, quarter-pound coneys, and more. The restaurant will open Aug. 13 on Liberty Road, making it the first drive-in to open in the metropolitan area.

Anticipation surround the eatery’s opening has reached fever pitch, with a Facebook group, Sonic of Baltimore, drawing more than 7,000 fans.

To celebrate the opening, Sonic hosted an invitation-only ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 11, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Ray Lewis Foundation. Local dignitaries Jim Smith, Ken Oliver, Sunseria Smith (mother of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis) were on hand for the gathering with franchise owners Sean Martin and David Crocetti.

Sonic has been a part of American food culture since 1953 and maintains its ‘50s-style service with drive-in stalls for each car. Once parked, visitors push a red button on the menu board to place food requests and carhops deliver the orders to customers in their cars. According to the company, Sonic even has its own radio network for customer to enjoy while waiting for their food.

The Baltimore Drive-In will officially open for business at 10 a.m. on Aug. 13 at 8212 Liberty Road. For more information, visit sonicdrivein.com.