Fort Lauderdale-based I ♥Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual cheese bar, is opening up three new venues in November and December. The first restaurant opened in Fort Lauderdale at 1489 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale.

A Parkland location is slated to open November 10, in Parkland Commons. A Pembroke Pines location is scheduled to open on November 20 at Westfork Plaza and a Coral Springs location will open on December 15 at University Place at City Center. The restaurant specializes in custom, build-your-own macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. Diners choose from a variety of pastas or bread, including gluten-free, along with seven different types of cheeses, vegetables and seven proteins—think meatballs, bacon, ground beef, short ribs and crispy chicken.

Not sure what to build? There is also a signature menu featuring options such as The Cuban with mojo marinated pulled pork, ham, Gruyere cheese and dill pickles; The Best of Both Worlds, a baked mac and cheese sandwich with slow-cooked short rib, white cheddar cheese and American cheese finished with BBQ Sauce; and Lobster & White Truffle consisting of Maine lobster, muenster cheese and scallions finished with lobster cream and white truffle oil. Also on the menu: salads, baked bites filled with chicken and macaroni and cheese. Loaded baked tater tots are stuffed with cheese, bacon, scallions and ranch sauce.

New to the menu are frozen cheesecake pops dipped in strawberry, chocolate or caramel sauce, cheesecake in a cup and mini chocolate chip cookies.

“Bringing our twist on the old pastime mac and cheese has really been a labor of love. I’ve loved mac and cheese since I was a kid. Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?” says Hector Gonzalez, Fort Lauderale store manager.

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