BIRCH RUN, MI — A fast-food chain that bills itself as the home of heavenly food has added a line of beers to the menu at one of its locations.
Halo Burger, 9130 E. Birch Run Road in Birch Run, started offering local and well-known beers on tap last week.
Halo Burger was founded in Flint, Michigan in 1923 has eight locations, with seven in Genesee County and the Birch Run restaurant in Saginaw County.
The Birch Run location is offering a selection of beer including Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, The Hef Hefeweizen Ale from Frankenmuth Brewery and Bud Light.
General manager Megan Williams is excited about being the first Halo location to offer the alcoholic beverages.
“I’m just happy to be the first one to roll it out. Who wouldn’t be?” Williams asked with a chuckle.
To celebrate the addition, a Grand Opening Tap Party will take place at the restaurant from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
The event will include giveaways from Frankenmuth Brewery, freebies from Halo Burger, live music and appearances by local celebrities. Customers will also have the chance to take home an exclusive Halo Burger pint glass after enjoying a beer on tap at the restaurant, according to company officials.
“We really wanted to make sure this was something that didn’t change what we stand for,” said Daniel Stern, co-owner of Halo Burger. “Halo Burger has been known for great burgers and fries for generations and that’s something we’re really proud of. We see this as a way to continue to give our guests more options to have a great experience in our restaurant.”
Customers can purchase a 12 ounce to a 16 ounce pour from $3.49 to $4.99. The company hopes to continue to add more Michigan-brewed beers on tap in the future, said Olivia Ross, director of marketing.
Halo Burger is known for its olive burger but offers a diverse menu including a Flint coney, black bean burger and grilled or crispy chicken sandwich.
“Because of our location right off I-75, we see a lot of travelers visiting this restaurant specifically," Ross said of the Birch Run site. “Offering beer was something we saw as an opportunity to give our guests a wonderful experience wherever they may be headed.”
Halo Burger employs about 400 people in Southeast Michigan.