The Halal Guys is opening in Virginia later this month at 6304 Springfield Plaza in the Tower Shopping Center.
It will be the first location in the D.C. area, and nine more are supposed to be in the works. The next area location will likely open on H Street. The restaurants offer Middle Eastern dishes like gyro sandwiches, falafel, and chicken and rice platters smothered in their popular white sauce.
The chain began as a crazy popular food cart in New York over 25 years ago. The three Egyptian owners opened it when they noticed a demand for quick Halal meals from the city's Muslim cab drivers.
The Halal Guys has signed a deal with Fransmart (known for building other popular concepts such as Five Guys) to secure franchises across the country. The restaurant has already opened locations in Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, and California.