The Halal Guys Builds Midwest Momentum with Kansas City Debut

by Katie Lee

Kansas City, Mo. — The Halal Guys, the largest American Halal street food concept in the world, is expanding rapidly across the Midwest, recently announcing a multi-unit franchise deal to open locations in Missouri. The first is slated for Kansas City 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,” says 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!”

“Midwest expansion is a big focus for us,” says 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.”

The Halal Guys concept originated in 1990 in New York City with a food cart parked on the corner of 53rd and 6th Avenue. In 2014, The Halal Guys began expanding its authentic halal cuisine from the food cart into restaurants and now operates more than 85 locations within the United States, Canada, Indonesia, South Korea and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

The Halal Guys plans to expand to 400 locations in the next several years and is partnered with Fransmart, the global leader in franchise development, to grow the brand. For more information, visit



SOURCE: The Halal Guys

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