All around the corner from the coronary heart of Glenwood South, a countrywide meals truck chain will stake its first declare in North Carolina.
The Houston-based mostly food items truck fleet Abu Omar Halal will open up in Raleigh up coming thirty day period, signing a lease at 709 W. Peace Street, fifty percent a block from Raleigh’s busiest nightlife district. The truck will open up for the first time Saturday, June 5.
Abu Omar specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Jap dishes, like shwarma, kebabs and falafel and caters to a lunch and late night time crowd, operator Muhammad Altawaha explained. The truck will serve 7 days a 7 days from 11 a.m. to at minimum midnight.
“We pair ideal with any nightlife spots,” Altawaha claimed. “Universities, the busiest parts in metropolitan areas.”
Altawaha moved from Jordan to the Houston location in 2008 for grad school and also commenced running dining places. He said he pursued a master’s in 5 unique majors, but under no circumstances completed, gravitating as an alternative to the kitchen area.
When he initial launched a meals truck it was termed “Abu Omar Taco” and served halal tacos.
“The 1st meals truck begun as a joke,” Altawaha stated. “I needed to consider a thing new, but Houston wasn’t really ready for food stuff vehicles at the time.”
He went back into dining places for yrs and then relaunched Abu Omar Halal in 2015. That’s when it took off, landing in the middle of a countrywide adore affair with foods trucks.
Altawaha said his most preferred sellers are his versions of beef and hen shwarma, a wrap of grilled meat, with pickles, garlic sauce and fries. At the outset, Omar stated he couldn’t come across satisfactory flatbread, so he utilized what was near by in Houston — flour tortillas.
“A Mexican tortilla is 80% like the true thing,” Altawaha claimed.
There are seven brick and mortar Abu Omar destinations and far more than 60 food stuff vans, distribute from Los Angeles to Oklahoma Metropolis, Baton Rouge and Tampa Bay. Most are located in the major towns in Texas, which include Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin.
Altawaha is looking at franchising the corporation, but for now owns all of the spots, signing up taking care of companions to operate specific trucks or dining places. The supervisor of the Raleigh truck, Omar claimed, grew up in Charlotte and ran a site in Dallas. In venturing into North Carolina, the alternative arrived down to Raleigh or Charlotte.
“He said Raleigh is nicer than Charlotte, so we went to Raleigh,” Altawaha said. “We’ll start with the food items truck and see if we can make from there.”
Abu Omar is the newest countrywide chain to go into the Triangle, carrying on a pre-pandemic development that is finding up steam. Recently, Texas-based mostly Torchy’s opened its first North Carolina place in Raleigh, signing up for rapid everyday chains like Zambrero and the impending Dave’s Very hot Chicken.