Halal Guys, the NYC food cart turned mega-chain that made its New Orleans debut about two years ago, has closed its doors on Freret Street. The windows are covered in brown paper, Yelpers list it as closed, and several Eater tipsters have written in to report the shutter.
Meanwhile, a representative reached by phone at the corporate offices was under the impression that it and “maybe even more than four” locations in the New Orleans area are still open. Only two Halal Guys cafes ever opened in the New Orleans area, according to what Eater could find — and no New Orleans Halal Guys outfits appear on the company’s “locations” page on its website. (The representative did say he’d be in touch after doing some research.)
Halal Guys opened its first New Orleans store in the CBD in 2016. The Freret Street location opened in 2017.
The NYC cult favorite gyro cart, which got its start on 53rd Street in New York, began a major franchising push in 2014, launching locations all over the U.S., in Indonesia, South Korea, and the Philippines.
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