The Halal Guys will open its first Cambridge location on Aug. 6

The restaurant is celebrating with a series of giveaways.

Gyros from The Halal Guys. Courtesy The Halal Guys

A fast-casual chain specializing in American halal food will celebrate its first foray into Cambridge on Friday.

Founded by Muhammed Abouelenein, Abdelbaset Elsayed, and Ahmed Elsaka in 1990, the Halal Guys started out as a humble street cart in New York City, initially selling its gyros and platters to Muslim taxi drivers. But the halal food soon caught on to the general public, resulting in more carts and, eventually, dozens of stores across the country, including the 2017 opening of a Boston location at 137 Stuart St.

On August 6, the Halal Guys will open at 15 White St. in Cambridge’s Porter Square. Diners will be able to order the chain’s trademark items: gyros and platters made with chicken, beef, and falafel, plus sides of falafel, french fries, hummus, pita, rice, and more (don’t forget to try some of the company’s signature white sauce). Baklava and chocolate chip cookies are available for dessert.


To celebrate its Cambridge debut, the Halal Guys will host a series of giveaways. Stop by on Aug. 6, when the first 100 guests will receive buy one, get one free platters. On Aug. 7 and 8, the first 25 guests will receive buy one, get one free platters, and from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8, anyone who makes an in-store purchase will be entered to win prizes that include an Apple iPad, a 60-inch LG TV, $100 Halal Guys gift cards, and more.

The Halal Guys will officially open at 11 a.m. on Friday, though a post on its Facebook page mentions that customers often get to the store as early as 8 a.m. on grand opening days.

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