Permits approved for Okemos Chick-fil-A, but company mum about specific opening plans

By Ally Hamzey
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

Mid-Michiganders still await their first taste of the Southern-based fast-food restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A, on their home front. The company’s plans to open a location on Grand River Avenue in front of Meijer in Okemos were confirmed in November and residents today are anticipating further information on the opening of the store. Meridian Township Director of Community Planning and Development Mark Kieselbach confirms that the special use permits necessary for the addition of the restaurant have been approved by the Planning Commission of Meridian Township. “As soon as they announced they were coming to the township, we had a lot of interest. A lot of people follow them, [have tried] Chick-fil-A in other states and like them,” Kieselbach said.

Halo Burger opens in East Lansing

By Lilli Khatibi
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

Halo Burger, a fast-food chain that originated in Flint, Michigan, has opened its doors in East Lansing. The burger joint opened for business in 1923 in Flint by Sam Blair, who sold the first burger out of a boxcar wagon. Since then, it has expanded its reach to 14 different locations. The menu offers different types of burgers and sandwiches, as well as a variety of sides and shakes. Halo Burger has its own unique menu item – the Vernor’s milkshake.