I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches, today announced it signed 12 franchise agreements with seven new franchisees throughout the first quarter of 2021. In addition, the brand has opened three restaurants in Indiana, Georgia and New York, with 30 additional openings planned by the end of the year.

“I Heart Mac & Cheese is a unique and attractive franchise concept that is really resonating with aspiring entrepreneurs – including those from many diverse backgrounds but in particular, hospitality industry professionals looking to create a fun, profitable post-pandemic career for themselves,” says Stephen Giordanella, I Heart Mac & Cheese CEO and Chairman. “Over the last three months, we have opened restaurants in new states, and we are thrilled to expand our brand further, creating memorable, delicious, convenient dining experiences for communities across the country.” 

Throughout the first quarter of 2021, franchise agreements were signed to open new I Heart Mac & Cheese locations in various cities throughout Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Tennessee. In addition, three new locations opened in Indianapolis, IN; Augusta, GA; and Hauppauge, NY.

A unique franchise concept in the restaurant industry with no fryers, grease trap systems or hood systems, I Heart Mac & Cheese requires a minimal investment and can be opened in a small space, such as a mall kiosk or food court. Shopping malls, sports venues, areas close to colleges and universities, and high-traffic pedestrian areas are also ideal locations.  With a home office in South Florida, I Heart Mac & Cheese offers franchise owner training, marketing support and ongoing development opportunities to ensure each location’s success. This includes updated training on state-by-state COVID-19 compliance, understanding regulations and creating a safe, enjoyable environment for both employees and customers.

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