Halal Guys started as a New York City food truck and when it opened its first Dallas location on Lemmon Avenue last year, it developed an immediate cult-like following. Despite opening in the heat of a Texas July, patrons stood for up to two hours to taste the eatery’s signature chicken and rice, with its famed white sauce.
Now, the franchise has a new location opening at 1811 Greenville, making it the first retail tenant of the Vue Greenville apartment complex. No word yet on when the American Halal restaurant will open, although they are hiring. The business is seeking a zoning exemption that would allow it to maintain its signature late-night hours. The site sits in PD 691, which restricts the hours a business can operate in an effort to limit the number of bars and rowdy late-night venues in the neighborhood. Halal Guys, represented by East Dallas zoning consultant Rob Baldwin, have asked for an exception to those restrictions, along with a special use permit that would allow it to operate between midnight and 3 a.m. The business does not serve alcohol.
The Greenville site is just the latest in a string of new locations Halal Guys plan to open in Dallas. According to a press release, a total of 10 franchises are coming to the metroplex, and the business is “seeking sites in mass gathering areas like airports, train stations, malls and neighborhoods with a significant late-night demand.”
Just up the street, another national chain will open up shop this May. Slater’s 50/50 – Burgers by Design is a California franchise famed for its burger made from 50 percent beef, 50 percent pure, unadulterated bacon. The bar boasts more than 100 beers on draught, along with day-drinking deals like $4 pints from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. It’s taken over the space at 2817 Greenville, once occupied by the historic Greenville Bar and Grille, where the iconic neon sign still sits. The location is prime real estate, across the street from The Grape and next door to Dodie’s.
Monster Yogurt in Casa Linda Plaza celebrates its fifth anniversary in business with a month of celebrations. They’ll be giving away free swag, birthday parties and, of course, frozen yogurt throughout March. Get in on the action by following them on Facebook.