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JOHN TAGGART FOR NEW YORK DAILY The stand is popular destination in the tri-state area, especially among Desispeople of South Asian descent. Its ambitious, yes, Hegazy said. But our customers have been asking about this for years. The news comes as both surprise and relief to many waiting it out on The Halal Guys line this Monday. Finally, said Minsu No, a 22-year-old who traveled by car to the city from Palisades Park, N.J., just for the carts chicken and lamb combo. He couldnt find parking, so he said a friend was driving around while he waited in line. RELATED: BLOOMBERG: GRADE FOOD CARTS, TOO! JOHN TAGGART FOR NEW YORK DAILY The Halal Guys are known for their gyros and rice platters, which have stayed around $6 for the past 23 years. Ive been eating here for nine years, No told The News. Id be at that store every day. The Halal Guys started out as just another hot dog cart in 1990. The companys founders then realized there was money to be made by selling Halal food to the Muslim cabbies who drove through Midtown. Since then, the company has grown to operate five food stands including two stands on 6th Ave.

It depends on income and other needs. In total, the U.S. Treasury shelled out $80.4 billion in free food money in 2012. It will be more this year partly due to inflation. Additionally, Uncle Sam forked over $25.6 billion for other free food programs; such as, Child Nutrition. In total, free food recipients gobbled-up $106 billion in last years mega food hand-out. Wheres all this free food money coming from? The answer is well known taxpayers. But, whos producing all that free food? And, how long will freebies last? The answer to the latter question is largely unknown. Most recipients probably think theres no end to free food. Right now its plentiful, edible, healthful and free.

2 ARMENIAN FOOD FESTIVAL: Featuring traditional Armenian fare. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 4125 Fessenden St. NW. 202-363-1923. 202-363-1923. www.stmaryaac.org . THE BUSINESS OF BOOZE: Industree hosts a panel discussion with area bartenders, brewers, wine experts and distillers. A portion of the proceeds goes to Nourish Now and D.C. Central Kitchen.

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