Beloved New York City street food cart The Halal Guys is planning to expand to Austin with a brick and mortar restaurant, as confirmed by the restaurant. The specific address isn’t known yet.
Halal Guys is known for serving platters and sandwiches of chicken, gyro, and falafel with white and hot sauces. It became quickly popular, with lines of people waiting to order. The first cart began in 1990 in Manhattan. and expanded with more carts, followed by its first brick and mortar in New York in 2014.
Founders Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka, and Abdelbaset Elsayed had their eyes on a major expansion plan back in 2014. Multiplying franchised locations of the cheap eats stalwart quickly popped up across the country, including Southern California, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New Orleans, and even to the Philippines and South Korea.
In Austin already, there is the similarly-named Halal Bros, plus other halal carts like Abo Youssef, Austin's Habibi, Syriano Shawarma, and more.