(09/16/13) - It's been a Mid-Michigan mainstay since Warren G. Harding was president. This week, Halo Burger kicks off it's ninetieth anniversary celebration.
"It's been around for 90 years. It's an institution in Flint, it's an iconic brand. We couldn't be more happy," said Polly Dortch-Conlan, of Dortch enterprises.
Dortch Enterprises purchased Halo Burger in 2010. It was founded by Sam Blair in 1923, as Kewpie Burger, and operated out of a food cart on Harrison Street in downtown Flint. Bill Thomas took over in 1944 and moved the restaurant into the old Vernor's bottling plant on South Saginaw - Halo's flagship location.
"When you look around this building, you can see V's in some of the scroll work for Vernors," Dortch-Conlan said.
For all these years, Vernor's ginger ale has remained as a key ingredient in Halo's Boston Cooler.
Dortch-Conlan admits that taking over an institution hasn't been easy.
"We've had a few missteps. We're corrected some of those things, and we're moving on. We have great people that we're working with," she said.
The Dortch family says they're in it for the long haul - just like many of their employees, who stuck around after the ownership change.
Since the sale, four new locations have been added. A fifteenth Halo Burger is ready to open this fall in Troy. And with that expansion, "More jobs. Right now, we employ about 350 people in Mid-Michigan. By the end of the 2014, probably close to 450, 500 people," Dortch-Conlan said.
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