Largest and fastest growing halal concept in the world

Franchise that has devoted fans lining up daily.

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Awards & Honors

Awarded the Hottest New Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2017.
Awarded The Future 50 Fastest-Growing Companies by Restaurant Business in 2017.
Business Insider says The Halal Guys’ chicken and gyro platter is NYC’s most legendary street food.
Ranking #7 on Fast Casual’s 2020 Top Movers and Shakers Award.


New York City famous The Halal Guys is the fastest-growing American Halal franchise in the world with locations across North America, Europe, and Asia. Serving up delicious mouthwatering chicken, gyros, and falafel platters to devoted fans.

Why The Halal Guys?

Unique Concept

Unique in-demand concept, perfect fit for prime real estate & flexible conversion options from 1,400 sq.ft. – 1,800 sq.ft., with excellent unit economics

Strong Mainstream Demand

Strong demand, proprietary ingredients, & leverage of the famous brand name, trademarks, PR, & consistent nationwide customer loyalty at every location

Leader of the American Halal Segment

Emerging restaurant franchise opportunity going fast – dozens of open locations & hundreds in development, experienced management team, leader of the American halal segment

Full Supply Line Support

Real estate, project management & full supply line support, plus training & operational support for franchisees, managers & employees

Grow your Franchise Portfolio

Grow your franchise portfolio; established Five Guys, Subway, Denny’s, Elevation Burger, Dunkin Donuts, & Caesar’s Palace franchisees have chosen The Halal Guys as their next emerging brand


1990 / Fast Casual – defining a new, thriving, restaurant segment: American Halal Food


Dine-In, Carry Out, Online Ordering, Catering / Lunch, Dinner, Late Night


1,400 – 1,800 sq. ft. / varies by location, approximately 11am – 10pm+

From the Streets of New York City to a Worldwide Phenomenon

Three immigrants opened a lunch cart in New York in pursuit of the American Dream. Two decades later, the Halal Guys are a worldwide phenomenon helping many others achieve the dream as well.
Extra Butter partners with Reebok for the 25th Anniversary of the Ventilator. 1990 marks the birth year of the Reebok Ventilator, as well as the start and rise of “Street Meat” food vending, a delicacy which remains a New York City staple and Extra Butter favorite through the years.
At The Halal Guys’ original cart on 53rd Street and 6th Avenue, people wait in line for the iconic combo platter, a foil dish packed with chicken and gyro over rice, accompanied by lettuce, tomato, pita, and the famous and secret red and white sauces.
Successful multi-unit Halal Guys operator, Paul Tran, talks about why he chose to invest in The Halal Guys franchise.
Successful multi-unit operator, Khurram Burney, tells us about his journey as a Halal Guys franchisee.
Paul Tran, the largest multi-unit franchisee for The Halal Guys, tells us about his journey as a Halal Guys franchisee.
Co-Founders The Halal Guys

Abdelbaset Elsayed, Mohammed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka

Our Story

The Halal Guys represents the epitome of the American Dream. This iconic brand’s fascinating origins tale is similar to scores of others who also emigrated to America in search of a better life. As a result of this journey, countless cultural traditions (and cuisines) crossed over into the United States over the years.

The Halal Guys’ story begins in 1990 with three Egyptian founders, who first started a hot dog cart in New York City, then switched to selling halal food because there was practically no authentic halal food to be had in the five boroughs. Word spread about the unique American Halal Food they offer, and its fanbase quickly expanded to Muslim taxi drivers, who made the cart on 53rd & 6th Avenue, in the heart of Midtown, their new destination for fresh, delicious halal food at affordable prices. These same drivers helped spread the word about the brand’s unique platter to a much larger, diverse demographic of locals and tourists eager to experience new and exotic tastes, textures, and flavors. This resulted in making The Halal Guys in 2017 both the #1 most Yelped restaurant and the top restaurant in New York City when asked Siri on an iPhone.

The Halal Guys’ original carts operated around the clock, serving its guests in signature long lines that extended down the block. From lunch rushes to late-night food runs, the brand has always been here for its guests. The continued, enthusiastic demand for its fresh, delicious food and warm hospitality justified its expansion to bring authentic American Halal Food both across the nation and worldwide. The Halal Guys is now a global enterprise, with 94 locations and over 400+ new restaurants in development worldwide.

The Halal Guys’ unique year-over-year popularity and franchise business success has gained the attention of established Five Guys, Subway, Denny’s, Elevation Burger, Dunkin, and Caesar’s Palace franchisees who have chosen The Halal Guys as their next emerging restaurant brand.

The Numbers (Domestic)




Full franchise fee 1st unit, 50% deposit each additional unit


6% of Gross Sales


2% of Gross Sales


1% of Gross Sales


$370,150 to $1,317,550

The Numbers (International)




$650,000 international fee paid upfront ($65,000 per unit, 10 unit minimum required)


6% of Gross Sales


2% of Gross Sales


1% of Gross Sales


$315,600 – $926,500 (USD)* Can vary by International Territory)

Target Franchisee

The Halal Guys is seeking franchisees that are focused on exceptional operations and customer service and looking to build multi-unit franchise territories. Franchisees must demonstrate substantial business experience and possess a true passion for The Halal Guys brand and the American halal food concept.

Franchise Requirements

In addition to your business experience (preferable in the restaurant industry), we request a professional General Manager be part of your team. Prospective franchisees must meet the minimum requirements below to be consider for a The Halal Guys franchise.
  • $1.5MM net worth*
  • $1MM liquid capital available for investment*
  • Ready to begin development within the next 3-6 months
  • Ready to develop a minimum 5-unit territory in a major U.S. area
*Investment partners may contribute to this requirement

Franchise Support

The Halal Guys franchise owners benefit from comprehensive training and support systems designed to increase business value and operational efficiency. Support provided to franchisees includes:
  • Use of the famous brand name & trademarks
  • Marketing & brand building
  • Proprietary recipe access (including sauces) & menu development
  • Real estate, site selection
  • Store build-out, construction
  • Training for franchisees, managers & employees
  • Operational, project management support
  • Vendor & equipment selection
  • Business consulting
  • Pre-opening, grand opening support

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