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It’s official: The Halal Guys, the hit Manhattan food cart that grew into a ninety-plus location chain, will open at 14535 East Alameda Avenue in the Aurora City Center on Friday, June 18. This Halal Guys, originally announced in January, is the first in the state and is owed by franchisees Chris Bui and Kevin Than, both Colorado natives.
The menu will have all the Halal Guys standards (including plenty of the famed white sauce), but the design of the 2,100 square-foot space is a departure from past locations. The Aurora location, outfitted with a large outdoor patio, is among the first to boast a new look with elements inspired by the brand’s street-cart origins.
The brand has a cult following, and the owners are betting on that reputation to make a big splash. Plans for the week-long grand opening event include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 am on June 18, followed by live music throughout the day, freebies and giveaways – they’re even offering up free food for a year to ten people in order to pump up the excitement level.
But judging from the nearly 500 comments generated by Westword’s Facebook post about Halal Guys coming to town, this opening may just result in a traffic jam the likes of which have not been seen since the twelve-hour wait at In-N-Out on its opening day in Aurora last November.
Are New York transplants as passionate as California burger fans in Colorado? We’ll find out soon.
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Molly Martin is the Westword Food & Drink editor. She’s been writing about the dining scene in Denver since 2013, and was eating her way around the city long before that.