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Halo Burger lands in town

April 24, 2013

Clarkston residents will be the first to bite into a Halo Burger when six new locations open in Oakland County this summer. In May, the store at 6325 Sashabaw will be the first in the county to serve up QP Classics, crispy chicken strips, and Vernor's floats made with hand-dipped ice cream.

Bringing the popular restaurant to Clarkston is only the beginning, according to Halo Burger's Director of Marketing Polly Dortch-Conlan. She expects Halo Burger "will be all over the Midwest in the next five years," but Clarkstonites will be the first to have a taste of the expansion into Oakland County.

"We want people in Clarkston to be as excited about us as we are about them," said Dortch-Conlan. She points out Clarkston's Halo Burger will offer the same "fresh food, great products and great services," but with a slightly new spin.

Restaurants in Oakland County won't have drive thru service like shops in Genesee County. Instead, Halo Burger's in our area will be "fast casual," said Dortch-Conlan.

Customers will order, then Halo Burger's employees will bring gourmet burgers and fresh romaine and iceberg lettuce salads out on plates and in baskets. The Clarkston location will also offer limited time only menu items all the time, and you won't be eating with plasticware, she assures.

Now, that the franchise is under new ownership, they're "a step up from your grandma and grandpa's Halo Burger," she said. "For the 90 years Halo Burger has been opened, it has been considered fast food," Dortch-Conlan pointed out. These days, they're hoping to be thought of as "fast casual."

Halo Burger is family-owned and operated and to show they're ready to call Clarkston home, they've reached out to the Clarkston River Dawgs. Halo Burger intends to support their annual Clarkston Classic youth baseball tournament, along with other upcoming golf outings and fun runs organized by the community.

"We really want to be entrenched in the community and support what's going on," said Dortch-Conlan. Like Halo Burger Fans on Facebook to get updates about the Clarkston store opening or check out Halo_Burger on Twitter.

Mary Keck