Halo Burger, America’s second oldest burger chain and Flint, Michigan’s coveted local favorite, is celebrating their 95th birthday by serving up $1.95 QP Burgers on National Cheeseburger Day, Tuesday, September 18th.
Halo Burger has enjoyed a long history in Flint, Michigan. In 1923, Samuel Blair began selling burgers in downtown Flint out of a box-car style restaurant under the name, ‘Kewpee Hotel Hamburgs.’ By 1967, Bill Thomas purchased the brand, changing the name to “Bill Thomas’ Halo Burger.” In 2010, Dortch Enterprises acquired Halo Burger, continuing to expand the brand with new locations. By 2016, Halo Burger was acquired by Halo Country LLC, the third ownership group to operate the iconic brand. The company has since grown to include eight stores throughout Greater Flint, Michigan popularizing unique Midwest favorites such as the Olive Burger and Boston Cooler.
Flint has endured a tumultuous history over the last century: including the rise and fall of Vehicle City, several economic downturns and most recently the Flint Water Crisis. Through all of this, Halo Burger has remained, giving back to the city every step of the way and contributing to the renaissance of Flint.
Over the last three years, Halo Burger has collected over $65,000 in donations to support ongoing local efforts in their community. “It’s important to us that we continue to give back to the same people who walk through our doors each and every day,” Halo Burger’s Marketing Manager, Olivia Ross explained, “by working with local non-profits, we know the money is going toward creating positive change here in our community – and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about – creating something bigger than ourselves.”
During the Crim Festival of Races, Halo Burger could be found handing cookies out to racers along the course and serving many of the 50,000 guests a burger topped with “The Works” out of its newly launched Food Truck.
At Flint’s annual week-long automotive show, Back to the Bricks, Halo Burger can be found in the heart of the action along the red bricks of Saginaw Street working from their flagship store – once a Vernors factory, the iconic castle-shaped building stands with original flooring, chandeliers and an enormous Vernors mural overlooking the parking lot.
The company has also been featured in Fast Company for its work in giving back during the Flint Water Crisis.
Adam Safford, Halo Burger’s Director of Operations explained, “We’re so proud to be celebrating Halo Burger’s 95th Anniversary with Flint and the greater Genesee County area. I personally love hearing the stories from our guests about their first date together 50 years ago at the Halo Burger in Downtown Flint on Saginaw Street or attending the Car Shows in Grand Blanc at the Hill Road location with their children years ago and now their grandchildren today. Halo Burger has always taken pride in being from Flint and we wanted to share our Anniversary with all of you.”
After 95 years, Halo Burger remains committed to sourcing fresh, local Michigan ingredients. They continue to serve never frozen, 100% beef, buns that are fresh baked and delivered to stores several times each week, produce that is hand-cut each morning and store-baked chocolate chip cookies. Their vendors include Michigan favorites such as Vernors, Abbotts Meats, Sanders, Koegels, Metropolitan Baking Company, Emmie’s Bake Shoppe, Wolverine Meats, Hausbeck Pickles, Pioneer Sugar and Kellogg. The company makes efforts every day to continue to source Michigan products.
Halo Burger intends to continue to be a dedicated member of the local community and has plans to continue to expand the brand in the near future. For now, they’re focusing on celebrating 95 years of serving up heavenly burgers and fries the right way, through $1.95 QP Burgers on their 95th birthday. Guests can redeem the offer from 2 until 7 pm on Tuesday, September 18 at any of the eight Halo Burger locations. The $1.95 burgers will be limited to five per customer in the lobby and five per car in the drive thru and cannot be combined with other offers.