Founded in 1986 by Jim Mattei, Checkers Drive-In is one of America’s largest drive-through restaurants. The company operates both Rally’s and Checker names and began as a Checkers Drive-In located in Mobile, Alabama. The companies merged in 1999.
The company was sold in 2014 to a private equity group, Sentinel Capital Partners. Checkers Drive-In is now headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Both Rallys and Checkers offer little or no seating areas but have double drive-throughs on both sides of the location. A few older locations have drive and park service.
Checkers was sold to another private equity group, Oak Hill Capital Partners, in 2017 for $525 million.
In 2018, the company announced that they would be expanding into the Pittsburgh area with more than 2 dozen locations planned.
Headquarters for Checkers remains in Tampa, Florida.