We walked by the incoming Halal Guys space last evening on East 14th Street just east of Second Avenue ... and spotted about 10 workers inside stocking the refrigerated units with drinks, etc. When asked, one of the workers said they'd be open "soon."
Soon turns out to be tomorrow, as the Daily News reports that the first restaurant from the popular food-cart vendors opens
And what can you expect?
In addition to the standard gyros and platters sold at the carts, the restaurant will boast new offerings, including a juice and smoothie bar, hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, Mediterranean salads and yogurt. And the falafels will be made fresh, instead of merely reheated at the carts.
While a rice-and-meat platter is $6 at Halal Guys’ carts, the East Village restaurant will offer two sizes: a regular for $6 and a large for $7.
Meanwhile, the owners are planning to go national (and eventually global) by working with Fransmart — the franchise company behind the rapidly expanding Five Guys Burgers brand — to open restaurants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Houston.
So does this mean that we can't like them anymore?
We were first to report on the East Village expansion last Sept. 28.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Halal Guys are now open on East 14th Street and 2nd Avenue
The Halal Guys are apparently opening their first restaurant in the East Village