Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Grand Opening Specials Already Posted at Downtown Brooklyn's Checkers

A "Big Buford" -- that's a Grand Opening special advertised in the window at Downtown Brooklyn's soon-to-open Checkers on Court Street (ex-home of the notorious Busy Chef).

The store's interior features a food counter and kitchen at the rear, booths to the left and a high counter with chairs running along the wall to the right. Everything's still wrapped in plastic.

The Checkers website defines a Big Buford as "two juicy, all-beef patties and two slices of American cheese on a toasted bun. It’s loaded with mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, onions, crisp lettuce, tomatoes and mustard." It's got 570 calories and 1090 mg of sodium. Yum.

Checkers will no doubt avoid the theft problem that brought down the Busy Chef. Each Checkers restaurant is outfitted with a minimum of 9 (up to 16) video cameras. The cameras are connected to a digital video recorder encased in a metal box in each store and the company’s computer network.

Managers and other authorized personnel can dial in from any computer to access the password-protected network and monitor the stores in real time or download a recording.

- Busy Chef Conversion to Brooklyn Checkers in Progress

Photo (top) by MK Metz
Photo of Big Buford courtesy of Checkers.

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Matthew said...

Any word on what they've done with the outdoor space?

mcbrooklyn said...

There hasn't been any paperwork filed about the back yard since 2002, when the owner filed to "erect one story extension at rear of existing eating & drinking place (ug6) accessory outdoor table service in rear yard." It must still be there, but from what little we saw peering through the rip in the paper covering the windows, it's probably not accessible to the customers. (The fast food-style counter and kitchen are in the back of the store.)