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The oldest and most famous falafel shop in the country,
authentic Middle Eastern food franchise using only the freshest ingredients

Mamoun's Food

1971 / Fast Casual – authentic Middle Eastern cuisine with signature menu

Mamoun's Food

Lunch, Dinner, Late-Night, Catering / Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

Mamoun's Food

1,400 – 1,800 sq. ft. / varies by location, approximately 11am – 2am

Our Story

Mamoun’s Falafel has been serving high quality Middle Eastern food since it first opened its doors in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1971. The family-owned restaurant is not only the oldest falafel restaurant in the city, but also the most famous. Loyal fans range from native New Yorkers and tourists, to famous actors and musicians.

Mamoun’s Falafel makes everything from scratch using only the freshest ingredients, finest imported spices, and signature recipes. They were highlighted on ‘Best Cheap Eats in the U.S.’ and quoted by celebrity Chef and TV host Rachael Ray as the “best falafel I’ve ever had on the planet… Period!”

Mamoun’s Falafel franchises are booming across the country having caught the attention of large multi-unit franchisees as their next emerging brand in major markets across the U.S. and internationally.

Mamoun's Founder

Hussam Chater
Mamoun’s Falafel

Franchise Advantage

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Perfect fit for prime real estate & flexible conversion options from 1,400 – 1,800 sq. ft.

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Commissary driven menu & ‘Mamouniversity’ provides a highly effective, affordable franchisee support system

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Capitalizing on the trend, 66% of consumers are eating a wider variety of ethnic cuisine compared to 5 years ago (National Restaurant Association)

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Everything from scratch using only the freshest ingredients, finest imported spices, & signature recipes

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Mamoun’s Falafel is now the fastest growing Middle Eastern fast casual restaurant franchise in the world

The Numbers

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Multiple Storefronts


Full deposit 1-3 units (or 1-5 for 10+ units), 50% deposit each additional unit

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6% of Gross Sales

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2% of Gross Sales

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1% of Gross Sales

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$672,890 – $1,191,200

Target Franchisee

We’re looking for passionate and dedicated franchisees with experience owning and operating multiple franchise units within a territory, or qualified investors ready to invest in the country’s largest and fastest growing Middle Eastern food restaurant franchise.

Franchise Requirements

Operational experience in the restaurant business is a plus, but not required assuming a professional General Manager will be part of your team. Prospective Franchisees must meet the minimum requirements below to be consider for a Mamoun’s Falafel franchise.

  • $1MM net worth*
  • $500K capital available for investment*
  • Ready to begin development within the next 3-6 months
  • Ready to develop a minimum 5-unit territory in a major U.S. area

*Investment partners may contribute to this requirement

Franchise Support

Mamoun’s Falafel franchise owners benefit from comprehensive training and support systems designed to increase business value and operational efficiency.

Support provided to franchisees includes:

  • Recipe & menu development for Middle Eastern food
  • Real estate / site selection
  • Store build-out, construction
  • Business consulting
  • Training systems
  • Operational support
  • Recipe & menu development
  • Marketing & brand building
  • Vendor & equipment selection
  • Point of Sale system
  • Pre-opening, grand opening support

The Market


  • St. Marks Pl., NYC
  • MacDougal St., NYC
  • Syossett, NY
  • Wall, NJ
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • Paramus, NJ
  • Princeton, NJ
  • New Haven, CT
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Atlanta, GA


  • Athens, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • East Rutherford, NJ

Quotable Quotes

Mamoun' Falafel Food


Forbes Profile Story
By: Karsten Strauss

For nearly 40 years, nighttime carousers ambling out of bars and nightclubs in New York City’s famous West Village neighborhood have had a stalwart option for their post-cocktail snack attacks.

Founded in 1971 by Syrian immigrant Mamoun Chater, Mamoun’s Falafel has achieved almost cult status as it churned out Middle Eastern fare from its 200-square-foot shop for daytime shoppers, tourists, students on a budget and late-night party-goers. Now the operation is in the fourth year of its play to branch out through franchising, and has 10 shops up and running, with more on the way.

Mamoun’s has always been a family affair, and Mamoun, his wife Maria and their children lived on the same street as the restaurant, and everyone pitched in to run the business. Over the years the restaurant gained a reputation as a great place for late-night eats…


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