Private Group Acquired Patchogue Location Last Month, Will Operate Both as Franchises;

Bayside to Open Later This Month, Followed by New Locations in All Five New York City Boroughs


Boca Raton, Fla. – (May 17, 2019) – I Heart Mac & Cheese, a rapidly expanding fast-casual concept specializing in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls with a variety of health-conscious bases including quinoa, broccoli, cauliflower, and gluten-free pasta; grilled cheese sandwiches and specialty salads, today announced the sale of its new corporate store, which is under development in Bayside, NY.  A private entity, which last month acquired the company’s Patchogue, NY store, will operate both locations as franchises.  In addition, the group will execute an aggressive expansion plan bringing the I Heart Mac & Cheese brand to all five boroughs of New York City.

“The successful sale of our two corporate stores in New York signifies the evolution of our brand and is a major step toward our long-term expansion goals,” said Stephen Giordanella, I Heart Mac & Cheese, CEO and chairman. “Our partners in New York are well-positioned and prepared to help execute on our shared vision of bringing I Heart Mac & Cheese to more consumers than ever before, in new areas.  We are excited about this relationship and look forward to a bright future ahead for I Heart Mac & Cheese, in New York and beyond.”

I Heart Mac & Cheese is well-known for custom, build-your-own macaroni and cheese bowls, grilled cheese sandwiches and salads. Guests select a pasta, bread, quinoa, broccoli, cauliflower or salad base along with seven different proteins, vegetables, and cheeses. Gluten-free options are also available. Sesame ginger, mango habanero, buffalo, BBQ, and pesto are a few of the delicious dressings and sauces available to mix in or top off each creation. In addition to customized options, the menu includes specialty chef special items like Baked Chicken Parmesan, Baked Meatball Parmesan, The Cuban, Pepperoni Pizza, and Lobster & White Truffle Mac, among others. Pair your meal with the perfect side of Tomato Soup and finish it with a selection of desserts such as Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies, and Marshmallow Treats.

A unique franchise concept in the restaurant industry with no fryers, grease trap systems or hood systems, I Heart Mac & Cheese requires a low 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. Last month, I Heart Mac & Cheese was ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top new franchise opportunities in 2019.

The Bayside I Heart Mac & Cheese location is slated to open later this month. Several other restaurants have recently been announced as well, with upcoming openings in other areas of New York State, as well as Florida and Georgia.


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