Very happy Checkers came back to Winchester. They have a great Mushroom Swiss burger! I've been through the drive thru twice since they've opened fries came out hot and yummy and orders always what I ordered. I think they'll do well in this new location.
On November 5, 2015, I had lunch at the new Checkers Drive-In Restaurant in Winchester, Virginia, at 826 Berryville Avenue. This is really a drive-through operation and not an eatery with old-fashioned curb service.
It’s located in the Apple Valley Marketplace Shopping Center, and is open every day of the week from 8:00 AM to Midnight. The telephone number is 540-722-2001, but I have never been able to get an answer.
This building was previously occupied by Long John Silver’s Seafood for years, and has been extensively remodeled for its new occupant. It opened for business as Checkers on Tuesday, October 24, 2015 and offers dining-in as well as drive-through service.
It has its own parking lot and faces Berryville Avenue; its two elevated entrances are accessible by either a stairway or a zigzag concrete handicapped ramp. There are no vestibules for either entry. The drive-through window is on the west side of the building.
The single large room has a counter in the center of the back, with two cashier positions on the right for placing your order and serving your drink. There are no printed menus; your choices are displayed up on the wall behind the counter.
Offerings include such typical fast-food items as burgers, chicken and fish sandwiches, hot dogs, wings, fries, desserts, and drinks. There are some smaller-sized items for the kids.
Your receipt has a number that will be called when your order is ready. I decided on a Double Mushroom Swiss Burger and a small Mr. Pibb. It had two thin meat patties and a liberal amount of melted cheese; the top of the bun was sprinkled with sesame seeds.
The mushroom content was somewhat stingy, and was small pieces of chopped mushroom. I did like the taste of the burger.
The floor is dark brown vinyl with a tile pattern, and the ceiling is white acoustic tile. Windows on the front and both sides give the interior a light and airy ambience that is pleasing.
Seating is by plastic-topped metal tables with metal chairs along the room’s two sides and center. In addition, a counter next to the front window has four high-rise metal chairs.
A single TV screen is on the left wall, toward the back. I sat immediately under it and couldn’t see the program. The hallway on the right to the rest rooms on the back was flanked by a claw machine on one side and a Stacker prize machine on the other.
At one time Winchester had a Checkers at 535 Patsy Cline Boulevard, off Valley Avenue near Lowes. It had two drive-through windows and outside tables. I went by there shortly after it opened, but passed it up because there was no seating inside. I am not a drive-through patron of fast-food eateries.