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TAMPA, FL-Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. sawrevenues for its fiscal third quarter drop 4% to $43.2million because of the closure of 68 restaurantsacross the Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Katrina. Thehurricane deprived the chain of $800,000 in revenue,according to Checkers president and CEO Keith Sirois.

“We’re pleased by our operating performance despitethe (negative events) that occurred during thequarter,” Sirois said during the chain’s quarterlyearnings call.

During the third quarter of 2005, company-ownedsame-store sales increased 0.2%, marking positivesame-store sales results for the chain during the last18 of the last 19 quarters. Sirois indicated his pridein the fact that the company achieved same-store salesgrowth for its company-owned stores given the highbenchmark of 15% same-store sales growth posted forthe same period last year. Franchised same-store salesdropped 2%.

Checkers, which has 793 stores across the US, sawits net income for the third quarter drop to $1.2million, or 10 cents per diluted share, compared to$1.6 million, or 13 cents per diluted share in thesame quarter last year.

During the quarter, the chain was hit with some heftyoperating expenses such as $840,000 of compensationexpense for its board of directors of $840,000 and$250,000 in hurricane-related insurance deductibleexpense.

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