Updated, 7/18/17: The Halal Guys will be open Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Earlier releases from the company incorrectly listed 105 Yesler Way as the address; the actual address is 101 Yesler Way.
Original Story: As if the lunch crowds at Il Corvo weren’t enough, get ready for more long lines in Pioneer Square on August 11, when New York-born chain The Halal Guys marks the opening of its first Washington state location. The shop’s address is 105 Yesler Way; Eater will update with operating hours when available.
The insanely popular chain will serve the same menu that initiated with the business’s flagship food cart, which launched in New York City in 1990 with gyro sandwiches, chicken-and-rice platters, baklava, and hummus.
The company was founded by Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka, and Abdelbaset Elsayed, who remade their hot dog cart into an American Halal street-food superstar after realizing that many Muslim cab drivers in Manhattan were looking for a place to buy meals.
Their business has been wildly successful, drawing long lines and allowing the trio to roll out more than 200 franchise locations around the world. The Halal Guys’ expansion push shows no signs of stopping: To name a few, Los Angeles already has a number of locations with more planned for 2017, Chicago has a handful of outposts, Austin, Houston, and Dallas are seeing an influx, and Vegas recently got its first branch.