April 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // New York, NY - Following this week’s announcement that The Halal Guys hired former Qdoba VP of HR and Training, Mike Speck, as COO, comes the hiring of two strong operations and training professionals to the team. Mame Fall and Juan Bustamante, who have a combined total of almost 30 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, will work directly under Mr. Speck. Mr. Fall has worked with Le Pain Quotidien, where he served in various multi-unit management and kitchen trainer roles, and opened over 30 restaurants from NYC to D.C. Mr. Bustamante has worked with Boston Market since 1996, where he developed over 100 managers and was in charge of up to 30 restaurant locations as area manager.
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.
Mike Speck, the newly hired COO, is developing the corporate team, along with CEO Ahmed Abouelenein, to ensure the brand’s growing group of franchisees is supported with best in class training and operations. Mr. Speck is a 25 year restaurant industry 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.
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.
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