Halo Burger's new owner plans to remodel some stores, attract a younger crowd

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FLINT (WJRT) - (03/22/16) - A longtime Mid-Michigan business is getting a new look.

You're going to see remodeled Halo Burger restaurants as the new owner makes improvements.

The oldest Halo Burger in the Mid-Michigan chain is being spruced up. Soon, the restaurants in Birch Run and on Linden Road in Flint Township will follow.

The new owner, Chance Richie, says he'd rather improve the existing stores than take on more expansion.

"It's an iconic local favorite and we're going to be true to that," said Paul Warren, Halo Country COO.

It starts with the downtown Flint location.

"This is sort of the historic flagship for Halo Burger," Warren said.

The exterior look of the store won't change much, but will get some touch-ups.

"We felt it was a priority to get this restaurant in the best possible shape. Right now, we're doing some refurbishing and renovations that will include adding office upstairs," Warren said.

No significant changes are planned for the chain's menu either, but an effort will be made to attract a younger crowd.

"We're looking at new technology, looking at the latest innovations in the restaurant industry," Warren said.

Halo Burger's newest location - number 16 - will probably be the last expansion for a while.

"Our most recent opening is in the Palace of Auburn Hills," Warren said.

Halo Burger and its predecessor, Kewpee, have been in the Flint area for over 90 years.

"That's what's made Halo Burger successful, great food and great people. We'll continue to stay true to that heritage," Warren said.

Renovations at the downtown Flint location should be done in a couple of months. It remains open for business. Remodeling at the Birch Run store should start in a few weeks.

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