SOURCE: Checkers


March 02, 2010 09:00 ET

Two New Checkers Restaurants Feed a Hungry Brooklyn Crowd

New Locations Now Open in the Borough and Serving Signature Burgers and Fries

BROOKLYN, NY--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) -  The Brooklyn business crowd, residents and visitors alike now have two new delicious burger go-to options for lunch and dinner. Checkers® Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. recently opened at 1611 Broadway and at 2115 Norstrand Avenue between Glenwood and Flatbush Avenue. Both restaurants have a small seating area and serve walk-in customers seven days a week. 

"My family has lived in Brooklyn for 16 years, and we're extremely grateful for the opportunity to bring Checkers' incredible food to all of our neighbors," said Checkers franchisee Asmatullah Tokhie, owner of the 1611 Broadway location. "This is our first Checkers restaurant, but I have more than 30 years of experience in the food industry. We look forward to becoming even more involved in our community."

Known for its full-flavored, hand seasoned burgers, thick shakes and famous seasoned fries; Checkers provides great tasting, fresh food for today's on-the-go guest. Signature items include the classic Big Buford, Champ Burger, loaded fries and new classic bone-in wings tossed in one of five flavors. Each location strives to serve top-quality meals at a great value with Guest-Obsessed© hospitality, speed and accuracy.

"We're thrilled to have been able to invest in Brooklyn with our new Checkers restaurant and have enjoyed hiring from and becoming a part of the community in which we operate," said Checkers franchisees David Coleman and Robert Cummins, co-owners of the 2115 Norstrand Avenue location. "While this is our first Checkers restaurant, we've been working together in the food industry for nearly 10 years. We're already seeing a number of regulars coming into our Checkers as we continue to provide our neighbors with incredible food at a great value."

Currently, Checkers Restaurants has more than 820 locations open across the U.S. As for additional expansion, the company is seeking to add several new development agreements in key markets such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, South Florida and Orlando.

Part of Checkers' recent success is also credited to the company's expansion into non-traditional locations such as airports, universities and turnpike plazas. That growth in combination with the advancement of end-cap and in-line designs is providing new and existing franchisees with a greater range of development options.

To fuel this growth for 2010, Checkers is now actively seeking franchise candidates who possess strong financial backgrounds, a passion for their communities and the willingness to maximize their territory's sales through development agreements generally ranging in size from 3 - 10 units. Single restaurant development opportunities also exist in select markets as well as conversions into single and double drive-thru locations. 

"Both non-traditional and conventional restaurant development are key components for Checkers to sustain the growth we've recently experienced. We're confident our concept and product offering will continue to be attractive," said Lynette McKee, CFE, chief development officer of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. "Our extensive training, operational support, national marketing and supply chain benefits are just some of the reasons why restaurant owners such as Asmatullah Tokhie, David Coleman and Robert Cummins in Brooklyn can focus on growing their businesses and the Checkers' brand."

The Checkers at 1611 Broadway is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. For more information, call 718-443-6192 or visit

The Checkers at 2115 Norstrand Avenue is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, call 347-750-8906 or visit

About Checkers®

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States. The company develops, owns, operates and franchises both Checkers and Rally's® restaurants. Based in Tampa, Florida, it has more than 820 restaurants open across the U.S. In recent years, the brand has been awarded several of the industry's most prestigious awards including: "Best Drive-Thru in America" by QSR Magazine and the "Hot! Again Award" from Nation's Restaurant News. For more information about Checkers, please visit

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