The new Coney Island will soon be crowded with outposts from local institutions: Tom’s Restaurant, Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe, Grimaldi’s, and Cha-Cha’s are all opening new spots. Joining them will be Checkers, the national burger chain whose menu includes the Baconzilla, Brooklyn Daily reports. Because the chain’s burgers start off frozen, the owner of Tom’s thinks his diner’s fresh ground beef will give him an advantage. As for Checkers’s hot dogs? “Checkers may be on Nathan’s turf,” said the man who runs the hot dog eating contest, “but their hot dogs won’t be able to compete with Nathan’s.”
The Coney Island Checkers will be located at the foot of the entrance to the Stillwell Avenue subway, which could give the chain an advantage. (Nathan’s is all the way across the street!) Last year, the Popeye’s in the Henderson Building right across the street closed because the building was demolished; it relocated to the Popper Building nearby.
There are already seven Checkers locations just in Brooklyn, from South Williamsburg to East Flatbush. As one reviewer of the Downtown Brooklyn location put it on Google, “It’s like a high end mcdonalds lol it’s ok but I enjoy mcdonalds more.”
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