Just six months after opening their second spot in Stony Brook, the owners of Halal Hut are already expanding to the South Shore.
Earlier this month, longtime family friends Daiyan Chowdhury, 23, and Rasif Choudhury, 28, opened their third location — this time at 1735 Montauk Highway in Bellport, in the renovated Miracle Plaza.
The first location is in Centereach on Middle Country Road.
“[Bellport] is more of an up-and-coming town and it’s nice to be on the South Shore,” said Chowdhury.
Halal Hut’s concept is a Chipotle-style ordering system where patrons can pick from a selection of proteins and vegetables and choose to have it all over rice, salad, or in a pita, and then add toppings.
Halal simply means that the meat is prepared as prescribed by Muslim law.
The new location is “about 90 percent the same” as the other Halal Huts, however, a bunch of new menu items have been introduced and eventually, these new food choices will be streamlined through all the stores, Chowdhury says.
“We’re doing everything fresh, it’s all healthy or unhealthy, whichever way you want to go,” he joked. “You can make a salad here, but you can also get fried chicken.”
So far, the feedback from the Bellport community has been positive and the area has welcomed the new halal joint, he said.
The entire Halal Hut staff at Bellport is either from the hamlet or village or from neighboring towns and Chowdhury encourages more local people to apply to work with them.
“We are doing our very best to hire locally and provide jobs to the community,” the co-owner said. “Bellport has been going through some tough times and we are trying to give opportunities for fresh starts.”
The new storefront in Bellport is open any day of the week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Scroll down for photos of the new Halal Hut, photos courtesy of Daiyan Chowdhury.
Top: The exterior of the new Halal Hut in Bellport.