Published on 11 Aug 2021 Time 5 min read Last update by 29 May 2024

The Halal Guys Franchise: Costs, Profits, and More

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The Halal Guys is a quick-service restaurant franchise concept that primarily focuses on selling American Halal food items like signature meats, sauces, and gyro. They originated as a series of food carts in Manhattan, New York, and then eventually evolved into brick and mortar restaurants. They were established as a New Jersey corporation in 2014 and started offering franchises that same year. The Halal Guys do not have a history of litigation or bankruptcy. Their current president is Mohamed Abouelenein, who is also the founder of the company.

Halal Guys Franchise Fee

The initial franchise fee for a Halal Guys franchise is $60,000. In the case of multi-unit franchise developers, or opening five franchises, the initial development fee is $180,000.

Halal Guys Franchise Cost

The estimated initial investment for a Halal Guys franchise ranges from $364,850 to $1,162,250.


Halal Guys Additional Cost

Additional Cost Breakdown

Leasehold Improvements $150,000 – $500,000
Licenses and Permits $1,000 – $25,000
Rent – 3 months $9,000 – $60,000
Security Deposits $5,000 – $50,000
Blueprints $5,000 – $20,000
Equipment, Furnishings, and Fixtures $52,250 – $152,250
Signage $5,000 – $20,000
Computer System $5,000 – $20,000
Travel & Living Expenses while Training $10,000 – $25,000
On-site Opening Assistance $10,000
Insurance – 3 months $600 – $15,000
Professional Fees $2,000 – $10,000
Grand Opening Advertising $15,000
Opening Inventory and Supplies $10,000 – $50,000
Delivery Vehicle $0 – $30,000
Additional Funds – 3 months $25,000 – $100,000

Ongoing Costs and Fees

The royalty fee for the Halal Guys franchise is 6% of gross sales. It is paid each Monday for the previous week ending Sunday.

Advertising and Marketing Payments

There are three different marketing fees that Halal Guys franchisees must pay for advertising purposes. The first is a worldwide creative marketing fee, which is 2% of gross sales. It is paid in the same way and time as the royalty fee. The second marketing fee is a local advertising fee, which is 1% of gross sales. These are not paid to the franchisor, but rather to local advertising vendors every month. The final payment is to an advertising cooperative, which is 0.5% of gross sales.

How Much Does The Halal Guys Franchise Make?

The Halal Guys does not disclose the financial information of their franchisees in Item 19 of their FDD. However, the Franchisor discloses their financial statements, and below are representations of their cash flow and income statement.

The following financial statements are from their 2019 FDD, with reported financials from the previous two years. Overall, the Halal Guys franchise is a profitable company, with a positive net income of about $1,898,117. They make almost $8 million in initial revenues, while their operating expenses are almost $6 million. They have also been able to decrease their accumulated deficit by almost $1,000,000 from the previous year.

The Halal Guys are also able to retain most of their earnings in cash and their cash and cash equivalents (excluding restricted cash) were $1,314,392 at the end of 2019. In fact, the net cash flows lost from operating activities amounts to approximately $300,000. Therefore, even though there are no representations of individual franchise financial performances, the success of The Halal Guys is a possible indicator that franchises will also be successful.

Number of Units Opened/Closed

The Halal Guys franchise system has been growing tremendously from 2016 to 2018. For example, at the end of 2016, there were 19 franchised outlets. By the end of 2018, there were over 60 franchised outlets. This is an increase of over 40 franchises added to the system since 2016. This drastic increase in franchised outlets demonstrates that the Halal Guys franchise has both a high growth rate and high stability rate. In other words, they are able to consistently add new franchises and retain them in the system.

For example, in 2019, 21 new franchised outlets opened and only 4 franchises closed that year.

Restaurant Industry Overview

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Before investing in a franchise or business, it is important to examine the trends of the industry that the franchise or business opportunity is in. For example, it is not wise to invest in a business opportunity that is in a declining industry. Industry data can also be useful for comparing how well a specific franchise does in comparison to other businesses and franchises. Below are the numbers for the Full-Service Restaurant Industry, which were sourced from the Business Reference Guide.

The Numbers

The average profit margin for the chain restaurants segment of this industry is 2.6%.

Ease of replication is 1.90 on a 4.0 scale, with 4.0 being the most difficult.

Industry trend is 2.70 on a 4.0 scale, with 4.0 on the growing end.

Marketability is 3.20 on a 4.0 scale, with 4.0 on the higher end.

One advantage of the restaurant industry is that businesses are very scalable, meaning that once they are able to break profit there is an enormous opportunity for growth.

However, it is also important to remember that the entry investment for restaurants tends to be much higher than the average franchise. This is because there are a lot of upfront and ongoing costs that go into running a restaurant, as well as a lot of health and food safety costs that go into running a food service business.


Overall, the Halal Guys business proves to be a strong franchise system, both in terms of the company financials and the number of units added. However, it is important to keep in mind that the individual financial performances of franchises are not disclosed to the general public, but rather to prospective franchise investors.

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