Community members are coming to the aid of a popular Elkhorn drive-in, Annie's Burger Town, that caught fire last week.
Photo via Annie's Burger Town on Facebook

ELKHORN — Community members are coming to the aid of a popular Elkhorn drive-in that caught fire last week.

Annie’s Burger Town in Elkhorn caught fire May 18, and the following day, a GoFundMe was launched to help the owners, Jeff and Maria Halpin, get the restaurant back on its feet.

In only three days, the page raised more than $7,000 of their $6,000 goal.


“The Halpin family has done a lot to give back to the community for many years so we are looking to help give back to them,” read the post on GoFundMe.

Jeff and Maria shared a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page Sunday evening where they are navigating through the process of what needs to be done.

Here’s what they wrote:

As most of you know we had a devastating fire Thursday evening. I have delayed writing this post because It is so hard to even put our feelings in to words right now. The calls, texts, messages, donations, etc. have been overwhelming and so appreciated. The feeling of being part of a community is what we love so much about Elkhorn.

In the coming days we will navigate thru the process of what needs to be done and the steps involved to get us back open as soon as possible. We will keep you all posted on our progress. This would be our 31st summer at Annie’s so we really don’t know what to do with ourselves if we are not cooking.

There is really something special about that building, our staff past and present, and our customers. It is family and it is our home.

Many thanks and much love to you all,

Jeff and Maria

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak launched Walworth County Community News in 2021. He is the former editor of The Week and Walworth County Sunday.