An American Dream Come True: The Halal Guys Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Halal Guys, the fast-casual American halal restaurant famous for pioneering halal fare, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary since opening its first cart in Manhattan in 1990.

Thirty years ago, The Halal Guys’ three founding partners (Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka, and Abdelbaset Elsayed) emigrated from Egypt to New York City to pursue their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs. 

Starting at the corner of 53rd and 6th Ave in New York City, fast forward to 2020 and The Halal Guys is the original and largest American halal food concept in the world. The brand now operates more than 90 locations within the United States, Canada, Indonesia, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

“It’s an honor to celebrate 30 years in business,” said The Halal Guys CEO, Ahmed Abouelenein. “We are extremely grateful to all the loyal fans who have supported us over the last three decades – from the cart in New York City and now to our restaurants worldwide. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.”

The Halal Guys also partnered with Meals on Wheels during the celebration week as an expression of gratitude to the community for 30 years of support. In commemoration of this great milestone, The Halal Guys made a $15,000 donation on behalf of their fans to the organization to support its mission to keep older Americans safe and nourished.

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