The Halal Guys Hires Mike Speck As COO

Former Qdoba VP of HR/Training To Join Rapidly Growing American Halal Concept

April 14, 2015 // // New York, NY - The Halal Guys, the world famous NYC-based American Halal street food concept with over 200 new corporate and franchise restaurants in development, has hired Mike Speck as the company’s new COO. Mr. Speck is a 25 year restaurant operations and training veteran, whose most recent role as VP of HR and Training for Qdoba Mexican Grill involved growing the company from 100 to 600 restaurants, employing 7,000 employees and producing over $600 million in system wide annual sales. Speck also has HR and Operations experience with brands like Cici’s Pizza, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Boston Market and Einstein Bagels, and has served as a past chairman for the National Restaurant Association HR Executive Group.

Founded in 1990 when the New York City street food scene consisted of little more than hot dogs and pretzels, the world famous The Halal Guys has created major global buzz with media and fans alike after announcing franchise deals for 200 new units in their first year of franchising! The Halal Guys' brand loyalty is second to none in the restaurant industry. The American Halal food favorite ranks in the Top 10 Most Yelped Businesses in the entire United States, and Reebok recently launched a specialty sneaker inspired by The Halal Guys.

“I'm truly impressed by the intense focus, reputation and presence The Halal Guys founders and operating team have built over the years serving on the streets through every kind of weather all hours of the day every day of the year. My primary focus is to build on this legacy, implement key strategic operating plans, hire great people and live to the mission and vision of the founders, all to achieve the ultimate goal of successful growth in both company and franchise operated restaurants,” said Mike Speck of joining The Halal Guys’ team.

Ahmed Abouelenein, The Halal Guys’ CEO, says, “For over 25 years we have built and sustained a reputation in the most demanding city in the world as the dominant American Halal foodservice concept. As we expand The Halal Guys around the world, we are aiming for 100% operational excellence in every restaurant and are arming ourselves with the best strategic HR and training person we could find.”

About The Halal Guys

The World Famous The Halal Guys is the undisputed leader in American Halal Street Food. The New York Post calls The Halal Guys “perhaps the city’s most famous open-air dining destination.” The Halal Guys is the #3 Most Yelped business in all of NYC, and as reported by Time Magazine, we are in the Top 10 Most Yelped businesses in the entire United States. Featuring our fan-famous secret recipes and only the highest quality, proprietary ingredients, The Halal Guys is the largest American Halal Street Food concept in the world. Founded in 1990 by Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka and Abdelbaset Elsayed, The Halal Guys is now franchising worldwide via a new fast casual / QSR restaurant format. Featuring only the highest quality, proprietary ingredients, The Halal Guys is the first American Halal food chain in the fast casual / QSR segment. Called “one of the longest-running and best-known food-cart businesses in New York City” by the New York Times, The Halal Guys was named Buzzfeed’s #1 Most Popular Food Truck for 2013, and was recently featured on Bloomberg Television and Fox News.

SOURCE The Halal Guys


Casey Thorp



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