Coleman's Hamburgers To Reopen In Okmulgee

Monday, October 9th 2006, 10:41 am
By: News On 6

For some reason, nothing seems to get your mouth watering like a good hamburger.

Folks in Okmulgee will tell you there was none better than a Coleman's Hamburger. They've been gone for five years, but the buzz around Okmulgee is that Coleman's is back.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells stopped in for a little preview.

They are cooking burgers again at Coleman's in Okmulgee. Actually, they are cooking these for us, a little preview of what's to come.

Alice Holleman: "He did the bakery first then sold it at the end of World War II and went out on the highway and built Coleman's in 1955." That was her grandfather. Coleman's featured the all beef hamburgers, fresh made onion rings and pies. It was a regular stop for travelers for 45 years. "Helicopters stopped they build a helicopter pad."

They sold the business five years ago and agreed not to do hamburgers for five years. The five years is up and they are gearing up for burgers again. Randy Holleman: "We've got that whole cut of beef, you grind what you need everyday."

That's one of the secrets. The patties start out as big meatballs, they get flattened on the griddle and they toast the buns. Of course they'll have the pies. In fact, they are already getting pie shells ready for the holidays.

They found the guy who used to do the onion rings at the old place. He had the recipe in his head, so the pieces are coming together.

They are getting plenty of encouragement. A local judge and some other folks stopped by wanting to know when. They must have seen the smoke down at the fire station. Randy Hollerman: "these are the guys down at the fire station they're wondering if you've got burgers down here.” They say they'll be open to the public very soon. Those firemen got a nose for a good hamburger don't they!

They are not positive when they'll start selling burgers again, but with as many people as there are stopping by and asking, as soon as it happens, the whole town will know about it.