A day for grandness has arrived for the Halal Guys as the highly praised New York gyro food cart and restaurant empire debuts its first location in the Boston area. When the doors open at 11 a.m., the newest location of the Halal Guys in Boston’s Theatre District (137 Stuart St.) will begin slinging plates of rice, gyro, hummus, and, of course, special sauce.
The famous restaurant, recognizable thanks to bright yellow and red color schemes, unofficially opened its doors within the last week to give the neighborhood a preview of what arrives today. To celebrate, the first 1,000 people in line for today’s grand opening event will be eligible for giveaways, including five offers of free Halal Guys for one month. The event starts at 11 a.m., and provided the Halal Guys has prepared enough food, the restaurant will remain open until 12 a.m.
Meal choices range from gyro wraps stuffed full of beef gyro, falafel, or chicken to platters, sides, and dessert (there’s baklava).
Those less familiar with the New York-based company might notice a resemblance to Boston’s Chicken & Rice Guys, which has a similar avid fan base here. The Halal Guys started as a food cart in 1990, the work of founders Muhammed Abouelenein, Abdelbaset Elsayed, and Ahmed Elsaka, and there are now locations all over the world.
This won’t be Boston’s only location, either: More are on the way to the Financial District, the West End near TD Garden, Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, and Porter Square in Cambridge.
• The Halal Guys Coverage on Eater [EBOS]