The Halal Guys brings its culinary traditions to Pearland

Halal Guys started with two Egyptian brothers, a few food carts in New York, and a dream of success.

Three decades later, The Halal Guys is a restaurant chain that continues to grow its brand internationally, with multiple locations in Houston, including a new restaurant in Pearland.

The Pearland Restaurant, 10621 Broadway, Suite 109 just east of Texas 288, opened in late November and serves the Halal Guys specialty of fresh halal Mediterranean/American dishes.

Customers responded, according to Zuhair Fatany, project manager for the Houston market, including restaurant Pearland.

“People of all ethnicities love our food, whether they are from Pakistan, Asia or the United States,” he said.

Indoor dining, takeout, delivery, online ordering, and catering services are available for specialties like chicken and beef gyros, falafel plates, and six types of gyro/sandwiches with a choice of sides such as falafel, rice, hummus, tahini, olives and pita bread. Lemon hummus is a limited-time specialty, but the restaurant’s baklava and chocolate chip cookies are dessert options year-round.

Halal Guys’ keeps the menu simple and the food is prepared according to the halal tradition. Halal refers to the rules governing food and drink for Muslims. The food must be free of any component that Muslims are prohibited from consuming under Islamic law and includes strict guidelines on how an animal is slaughtered.

Address: 10621 Broadway, Suite 109, Pearland, TX 77584

Pearland restaurant website:https://bit.ly/3FYKmNl

Official Halal Guys website:https://bit.ly/3tY8aP2

Call: 832-295-3269


“It’s just real, honest food,” said Geoff Herbert, president of AYG Foods, a franchise group that owns all seven Houston locations.

When brothers Mohamed Abouelenein and Ahmed Elsaka arrived in the United States in the late 1980s, they were looking for a level playing field to succeed.

The original Halal Guys set up a series of halal carts on the corners of 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. Additional carts and storefronts began opening throughout New York City and eventually across the country. The chain has 94 locations in the United States and has more than 400 new restaurants in development.

“As a city, Houston is essentially a microcosm of American history,” Herbert said of the region, which was ranked the most diverse in the United States. in 2021. “I think the history of the Halala Guys as immigrants is the same that most of Houston has gone through in one way or another. It’s familiar to them and we want to look like Houston.

The city of Pearland, which is ranked in the top 10 most diverse cities in Texas each year, was the perfect place to expand the chain’s footprint.

Fatany was born in Houston, but his family, owners of the restaurant Pearland, are originally from Pakistan. As a child of immigrant experience, he said he believes the story of The Halal Guys resonates with people beyond the menu, but it’s the authenticity and freshness of the food. that keep them coming back.

“We still have to do our job and execute,” Herbert said. This means that the food, prepared and cooked on site, should speak for itself.

“We stay true to our roots,” Herbert said.

The Halal Guys started 2021 with four Houston restaurants and has added more in the area since. The chain was able to thrive during the pandemic, with Pearland’s opening only briefly delayed by supply issues. According to Herbert, other locations in the Houston area are planned, with each restaurant employing an average of 20 people.

The original concept of The Halal Guys was based on the idea that food is universal, Herbert said.

“It’s the one thing everyone can sit down and enjoy together,” he said. “It’s an offer of friendship, it’s about being communal and it’s a common language.”

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