The scent of Halal chicken over rice is one of New York’s quintessential aromas. And now Halal Guys, arguably the most famous Halal food cart, will be turning their mobile business into a brick-and-mortar restaurant chain. The Halal Guys just signed a deal with Fransmart (the company that turned Five Guys into a national chain), to open over 100 locations over the next five years throughout the East Coast, Los Angeles, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East over the next five years. Expect to start seeing Halal Guys restaurants pop up sometime over the next year.
Fransmart CEO Dan Rowe says that the gyro spot has the potential to become "the Chipotle of Middle Eastern food."
The first Halal Guys restaurant location, which has been in the works for quite some time, is set to open next month on 14th Street, and another location near Columbia University will open sometime this fall. Platters at the restaurant locations will be larger, and more expensive, but will still retain the quality of the original carts, as well as the trademark yellow façade.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi