NYC-Based The Halal Guys To Open Five San Diego Locations

March 28, 2023

Over a half-decade since The Halal Guys announced it would be entering San Diego, the company confirmed at least five area locations of the NYC-based Middle Eastern restaurant will open around the county. 

Founded by Egyptian immigrants Mohammed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsakaas, and Abdelbaset Elsayed, The Halal Guys is a testament to the American Dream - growing from humble beginnings as a food cart on the streets of midtown Manhattan to a global icon known as the largest American Halal street food concept in the world. The Halal Guys now has over 100 restaurants worldwide with hundreds more in development. 

In April 2017, we announced The Halal Guys planned to open several San Diego locations as part of a huge expansion spearheaded by franchise professionals Fransmart franchise development company. It has now been confirmed that new franchisee Farhan Qadri has signed a five-unit franchise agreement and is now searching for locations around San Diego. The Halal Guys is known for its simple menu of various Middle Eastern dishes, including gyro sandwiches, chicken-and-rice platters and the famous white garlic and red sauces. The Halal Guys has already been well received in numerous markets including Dallas, Philadelphia, Arizona, Las Vegas, Chicago and Los Angeles. There is no word as when the first San Diego location will open, but it's not expected until 2024 being the first address has yet to be secured. 

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