The Halal Guys plan to open location in Arizona

Posted at 10:51 AM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 13:54:42-04

A popular New York food cart is expanding and bringing its menu to Arizona.

The Halal Guys, which serves American Middle Eastern fare, announced Thursday that it will open a location in Arizona this fall, it's first in the state.

A company spokesperson was unable to elaborate on where the restaurant would specifically be located, but said those details would be released at a later date.

Halal Guys began in 1990 as a hot dog cart in New York City, according to its website. The three founders saw a need from Muslim cab drivers looking for a Halal meal so they added chicken and gyro platters to the menu. (Halal refers to meat that has been prepared according to Islamic law).

Now the menu consists of chicken, gyro and falafel. They also serve fries, hummus or Tahini as sides, and Baklava for dessert.

"We are very excited to enter the Arizona market for many reasons. Our goal is to get people to ditch burgers for something more unique and with higher quality. The Halal Guys have a cult-like following across the country and we can't wait to bring that energy to Arizona," said franchisee AJ Ahmad in a media release.

The company began franchising nationwide in 2014 with plans to open 100 locations in five years, said a company spokesperson. Locations have since opened up in Chicago, Houston, Texas; San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.