County’s first Checkers & Rally’s opening in Hartland

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Livingston County is getting its first Checkers & Rally’s restaurant at the end of October at 10440 Highland Road in Hartland.

Alan and Tracy Balen

Owned by Alan Balen, a former defensive lineman for Ohio State University, and his wife, Tracy Balen, this will be the couple’s 20th Checkers & Rally’s location. They own others in locations in Michigan and Florida.

“We are really excited to bring the bold flavor of Checkers into the growing community,” Alan Balen said.

“We are honored to open our 20th restaurant here in Hartland, and can’t wait to serve its great residents.”

The couple both worked in restaurants throughout college, and have been in franchising for over 27 years with the goal of opening 20 Checkers & Rally’s. The new Hartland location marks the completion of that goal.


Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., is one of the largest chains of double drive-thru restaurants in the United States. The company operates Checkers and Rally’s restaurants in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Checkers & Rally’s specializes in hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and milkshakes.

Check out the Hartland location by clicking here.


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