New York style Halal street food coming to Kansas City


Kansas City, MO  – The Halal Guys, the largest American Halal street food concept in the world, is expanding rapidly across the Midwest, today announcing a multi-unit franchise deal to open locations in Missouri. The first is slated for Kansas City, Missouri, with at least four additional units to follow. The announcement comes on the heels of an expansion into Ohio that will more than double The Halal Guys’ footprint in the region.

Franchisee Osama Hanif will bring the quintessential New York City street cart food experience to Kansas City diners and is already scouting locations in historic Westport and the Crossroads Art District.

“Our team is beyond excited to bring The Halal Guys to Kansas City and beyond,” said Hanif. “This is a fast-growing and diverse city that has shown so much love for food from all corners of the world. The Halal Guys offers an experience through their food that the people of Kansas City have been wanting for years. Food brings people from all walks of life together, and our goal is to introduce something new and exciting. Kansas City is best known for its BBQ, but we’re willing to bet the community will view The Halal Guys as their favorite go-to very soon!”

The Halal Guys is the original creator of American Halal Food. The concept originated in 1990 when an increasing demand for halal food from New York taxi drivers inspired The Halal Guys’ three founders to leave behind their hot dog cart and pursue halal-friendly platters and sandwiches.

Best known for their craveable white sauce and customizable platters, The Halal Guys specialize in flawlessly cooked, premium quality halal meals that are seasoned to perfection and served with kind hospitality. Other menu offerings include sandwiches, hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and baklava. With a loyal fan base as diverse as their flavor palate, The Halal Guys currently operates more than 85 locations with multiple units under development and plans to expand to 400 in the next several years.

“Midwest expansion is a big focus for us,” said Ahmed Abouelenein, CEO of The Halal Guys. “We are continuously looking for ways to bring our food to more of our fans, and we are very excited about this opportunity to join the vibrant Kansas City community.”

“We believe that The Halal Guys is unlike any other quick service restaurant,” added Hanif. “It’s not just a place to satisfy your hunger – it’s a destination that offers an out-of-this-world experience for your taste buds. We feel so blessed and humbled to be given the opportunity to bring that experience to Kansas City.”

The Halal Guys is partnered with Fransmart, the industry-leading franchise development company behind the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers & Fries and QDOBA Mexican Grill, to grow the brand. The concept is actively looking for experienced multi-unit foodservice operators to develop additional franchises in major markets across the United States and internationally. To learn more about The Halal Guys franchising opportunities, please visit

Source: Restaurant News Release

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