Want fries with that? Gourmet Halifax burger joint back for seconds

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HALIFAX - The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro in Halifax is back in business after closing down for less than a week.

The Works on Doyle Street, now re-opened under the national franchise.

The national franchise re-opened the Halifax hamburger joint on Sunday, a mere five days after former owner Alan Garner shut down the Doyle Street operation.

Garner blamed the sudden closure on a lack of support from the company’s head office in Ontario.

A hand-written note posted on the restaurant’s front door on Wednesday read: “The staff, management and owners of this Works franchise send their love. Unfortunately, the Works head office in Oakville, Ontario does not send you the same.”

“We were shocked,” said franchise president and CEO Andy O’Brien. “We were not aware that they were going to close it.”

The franchise has an “in-depth training program for all franchisees” and has had “tons of support down there,” he added.

In the wake of the sudden closure, O’Brien said head office sent employees to Halifax to work with local staff to get the restaurant back in operation.

He said the head office will continue to manage the Halifax location for “as long as necessary.”

O’Brien said he has not been in communication with Garner since the restaurant closed.

The Halifax bistro opened in February 2013, becoming the first Works franchise outside of Ontario.

It is one of several gourmet burger restaurants to open in the city in quick succession, including CheeseCurds, Relish, Ace Burger and, most recently, Flipburger.

- By Geordon Omand for Metro Halifax

Geographic location: Ontario, Doyle Street, Oakville

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