'New bag' greets Grayson County fast food fans

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By Brant Bond

Rally’s stresses its “crazy good” food and over-the-top styling, and its arrival in Leitchfield was no exception.
When the restaurant opened its drive-thru window Monday, Oct. 12, the lines soon stretched around the building all the way out onto South Main Street.
The chain, which was founded in Louisville in 1985, selected the site at 511 S. Main St. in September 2014. The opening was scheduled for Sept. 29 but construction delays pushed that back, something that’s typical in the business, Checkers and Rally’s Vice President of Franchise Development Jennifer Durham said.
The restaurant serves burgers, chicken, fish, handmade shakes and seasoned fries. Rally’s is “very much a late night brand,” Durham said, with 23 percent of its business coming after 10 p.m. The Leitchfield restaurant will stay open until 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The restaurant, which is on a narrow lot, has a single drive-thru design instead of the double drive-thru concept that is common in other Checker’s and Rally’s across the country. Durham said the change was made because of the higher percentage of customers who use the drive-thru lane that puts drivers at the service window. She said through technology the restaurant can “offer a double drive-thru experience” with the single drive-thru. The Leitchfield location also features an inside lobby, where customers can place orders, something that is uncommon for similar Rally’s locations in Kentucky.
The “up-and-coming” fast food restaurant chain, which by number of restaurant locations in the U.S. is dwarfed by competing giants like McDonald’s and Burger King, offers a high return on investment to franchisees, Durham said.
Franchise partners Rajiv Johar and Jerry Holt recognized the appeal, and have experience with the franchise. The pair own Rally’s restaurants in Glasgow and Campbellsville, and Johar also owns the Leitchfield Huddle House.
The new Leitchfield location will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 27.