After 25 years in business, The Halal Guys just opened in September 2015. They are expanding from New York City’s most popular food cart to its first West Coast brick-and-mortar fast casual location in Costa Mesa. Famously known for its gyro sandwiches, chicken-and-rice platters and mystery white sauce, The Halal Guys menu offers a mix of various Middle Eastern dishes.
The NYC-based concept has signed a deal with Fransmart, who is known for building other popular concepts such as Five Guys, to bring 50 franchised units to Southern California. The first location is anticipated to launch in mid September at 3033 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, California.
“The location is well thought out. We’re hoping it caters to the lunch crowd from all the offices near South Coast Plaza Mall, the dinner crowd from the nearby residential area and runoff from the late night crowd leaving neighboring Newport Beach,” said Thomas Pham of The Halal Guys.
The Halal Guys grew from its humble beginnings as a food cart on the streets of New York City to a global icon known as the largest American halal street food concept in the world. This Manhattan-based landmark was created by three like-minded men from Egypt who came to America in search of a lucrative life. When Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka and Abdelbaset Elsayed noticed many Muslim cab drivers in New York were looking for a place to buy meals in Manhattan, they created their first food cart and quickly grew into a leading tourist and native New Yorker destination for American Halal fare. In 2013, The Halal Guys were ranked the most popular food truck reviewed on FourSquare and the third most Yelped restaurant in the United States in 2014.