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New fast-casual concept on fast track

By Marianne Wilson - 03/20/2019
A fast-casual eatery specializing in made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls, grilled cheese sandwiches and specialty salads is looking to expand nationwide.

I Heart Mac & Cheese has signed a 23-store development agreement with franchise group Manor 3 to open 23 locations across Long Island, New York, significantly expanding the brand's presence across the Empire State. Three locations will open this year.

"This agreement is monumental for the I Heart Mac & Cheese brand and we believe we have found the perfect partners to build our presence in New York, with Manor 3,” said Stephen Giordanella, CEO and chairman, I Heart Mac & Cheese.

I Heart Mac & Cheese opened its first location in 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, and has since expanded with sites across South Florida. Additional corporate locations are slated to open in New York, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. In 2017, the company launched its franchising program nationwide.

I Heart Mac & Cheese requires no fryers, grease trap systems or hood systems, according to the company, and can be opened in a small space, such as a mall kiosk or food court.