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The Jalili family is planning to convert a former Sonic into a drive-in version of its Black Sheep concept.Rendering courtesy BUXTON KUBIK DODD CREATIVE
The Jalili family is planning to convert a former Sonic into a drive-in version of its Black Sheep concept.

Rendering courtesy BUXTON KUBIK DODD CREATIVE

Jalilis bringing Black Sheep concept to East Sunshine

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The Jalili family of restaurateurs is bringing its Black Sheep Burgers and Shakes concept to an old Sonic Drive-In, joining in on the East Sunshine Street development boom.

Brothers Mike and Billy Jalili, as well as Billy’s wife Sara, co-owners of Black Sheep, Flame Steakhouse and Touch, signed a lease for the 2420 E. Sunshine St. property for undisclosed terms this month. The property is owned by Ataractic Investment Co. LLC. R.B. Murray Co. handles the brokerage side of Ataractic.

Plans for a drive-in version of Black Sheep have been set in motion with the hope of an opening date in July, Mike Jalili said today.

“The Black Sheep name will be on it somewhere,” he said, noting the restaurant’s name has not been cemented.

Plans for the new food spot include a 40-seat indoor diner, he said.

A concept for a phone app also is in the works, allowing customers to order items from their phones and delivered to their cars. Menu items will be similar to those at Black Sheep, though there might not be as many options and price points are expected to be lower.

“We’re going to continue with our goal of all-natural beef patties and non-GMO fries,” Jalili said.

The Jalili family in May opened its second Black Sheep restaurant at 2160 W. Chesterfield Blvd., six months after their first location opened downtown.

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