Famous NYC Food Cart Slated To Open Brick-And-Mortar Location January 27
The Halal Guys, NYC’s famous food cart, which is sweeping the nation in popularity will open its first Arizona location in Tempe. The fast-casual concept, known for its never-ending lines and a simple menu of various Middle Eastern dishes, has already been well received in numerous markets including Dallas, Philadelphia,, Chicago and California and now residents of Arizona will be able to enjoy gyro sandwiches, chicken-and-rice platters and the famous white and red sauces. The Tempe location will open on Friday, January 27 at 1015 S Rural Rd., Ste 104 Tempe, Arizona, 85281, at 11:00 a.m., near Arizona State University, and the first 100 guests in line will receive a free t-shirt.
“We are excited about our Tempe location for several factors. One reason is because our brand was in-part made famous by college kids from NYU, LaGuardia, and Columbia who were looking for a filling, affordable, and tasty meal and Arizona State University is a perfect counterpart on the west coast. And secondly on a personal level, ASU is my alma mater and I have a lot of love for the school, fraternities and associations I was a part of,” said franchisee AJ Ahmad.
The NYC-based concept has signed a deal with Fransmart, who is known for building other popular concepts such as Five Guys, to bring franchised units to all of the major markets of Arizona. The Halal Guys aim to be different and encourage patrons across America to break out of their culinary comfort zone and experience something unique. They pride themselves on only using high-quality products like their chicken, which has never been frozen and is marinated and seasoned overnight, then cooked and chopped on the grill and served directly to their plate to ensure a crave-worthy meal that’s piping hot. The Halal Guys’ mission is to ensure that every customer leaves happy, with a smile on their face and a satisfaction that brings them back again.
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 better life. When the founders noticed many 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 with more than 7,600 reviews and a 4.5 average star rating