The Halal Guys
The Halal Guys fast food chain coming to Toronto
What I commented on the news report, which I am sure they must have read and dutifully ignored:
I am a Gay, atheist, disabled Canadian. Wonder if I would be welcome in your restaurants. If you operate in Canada, you must follow Canadian rules, including on accessibility, state views on the private sex lives of its adult citizens remaining private. I suppose you know there are differences between Saudi Arabia and Canada.
The Halal Guys have their sights on Toronto. It will be the popular brand’s first foray into Canada, with five locations planned around the city. Founded in New York City back in 1990, the bright yellow food carts have become an iconic element of the Manhattan street food scene.
A franchise deal in 2014 led to expansion from food carts to bricks and mortar restaurants across the United States (the rights to over 200 restaurants have been sold south of the border), which has finally brought the brand north of the border via Fransmart, the same company that’s managed Five Guys Burgers and Fries expansion into the Canadian Market.
The Halal Guys are apparently often referred to as merely “Chicken and Rice,” on account of their most popular platter. The hallmark of the concept is simple, halal-certified food in ample portions. Given the cachet the brand has already built elsewhere, I’m going to bet this will be a popular addition to the Toronto food scene.
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