Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep Westword’s future free.
The Halal Guys are a real street-to-boardroom success story, reported Mark Antonation this week. The company was founded in New York City by Abdelbaset Elsayed, Mohamed Abouelenein and Ahmed Elsaka, three Egyptians who started selling gyros, grilled chicken and falafel sandwiches and platters from a cart in 1990. Since then, the company has grown to more than ninety locations worldwide (with about 400 in the works) – and Metro Denver is the closest thanks to franchise owners and Colorado Natives Chris Bui and Kevin Than.
“Denver has been a hotbed of creativity and innovation in the fast-casual restaurant segment for the past fifteen to twenty years,” said Ahmed Abouelenein, CEO of Halal Guys, who is also the son of one of the company’s founders. “It’s a city that we have long recognized as a sophisticated, vibrant place. We just hadn’t found the right partners to make this happen. Kevin and Chris, who were lifelong residents, turned out to be perfect partners around the.” Bring Halal Guys. ” to Denver. “
The two are set to open their first Halal Guys outpost at 14535 East Alameda Avenue in Aurora this spring, and many fans can’t wait, as evidenced by the hundreds of comments on the Westword Facebook page when we reported the Halal Guys will be coming to the Denver subway. Says Nikki:
This is the best damn news that has been reported in a long time.
Best news ever! I wanted them to come here since they started opening restaurants! The car got me through so many hangovers around town.
OMG, we recently moved here and I miss Halal Guys like crazy. Cant wait to find Halal guys in Denver!
Does Nolan suggest:
Screw in In-N-Out. This is the fast food we should be freaking out about.
Thank goodness … the Denver food scene needs more places with flavor. Now all we have to do is bring Whataburger up here and off we go.
They’ve changed the recipe since they left the franchise and brick and mortar. It’s not very good now.
And others make suggestions for some spots that are already in Denver. Richard says:
Sounds yummy, but I won’t be going to Aurora to try it out. We have had Jerusalem near me for more than 42 years and it rarely disappoints.
Halal guys is blah. Garbanzo is better.
And Yousef adds:
Don’t sleep on the Shawarma Mediterranean Grill.
What other restaurants would you recommend to diners in Denver while waiting for the Halal Guys? Leave a comment or share your thoughts at [email protected]
Keep Westword Free … Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we want to keep it that way. We offer our readers free access to concise coverage of local news, food and culture. Produce stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands with bold reporting, stylish writing, and staff who have won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Feature-Writing Award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism . With the existence of local journalism under siege and setbacks having a greater impact on advertising revenue, it is more important than ever for us to raise support for funding our local journalism. You can help by joining our “I Support” membership program which allows us to continue to cover Denver without paywalls.