In Northern California, an all-halal burger restaurant will open this week in Milpitas, giving Muslim residents of the area a fast-food menu they can eat.
Mercury News Wayback Burgers, part of a Connecticut-based chain, will be the company’s first halal franchise and its first Northern California restaurant, a spokeswoman said.
The halal concept was the brainchild of Milpitas tech industry veteran Aziz Usman, who was interested in becoming a franchisee but wanted to open a place where his daughter, niece and nephew — who adhere to a halal diet — could enjoy the offerings.
“I explored several different franchise options, but Wayback Burgers proved to be the most feasible investment option,” Usman said in a statement.
Halal, which is Arabic for “permissible,” refers to the Islamic dietary laws that specify how meat and poultry are to be raised and prepared. Many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants in the Bay Area serve halal food, and Ike’s Place founder Ike Shehadeh has introduced a mainstream audience to halal chicken at his sandwich chain.
Originally started as Jake’s Burgers in 1991 in Delaware, Wayback specializes in hand-pressed, never-frozen burger patties, hand-scooped milkshakes, turkey burgers, chicken sandwiches and monthly specials. Wayback’s only other California locations are in Ventura and on the Port Hueneme base, with plans to open soon in Hollywood and Camarillo. www.waybackburgers.com
Take a look at HALAL SLAUGHTER before you eat there.