Interested in owning your own I Heart Mac & Cheese?
Meet us in person at the Franchise Expo South in Dallas, Texas. The expo takes place January 18-20, 2018 and is one of the largest franchise expos in the country!
I Heart Mac and Cheese is currently selling franchises as it continues its rapid growth.
Why I Heart Mac & Cheese?
Who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? Often listed as one of the most sought-after and popular comfort foods in the world, macaroni and cheese appeals to everyone. Our chef-inspired beginnings launched the I Heart Mac and Cheese concept in South Florida in 2015.
The I Heart Mac and Cheese restaurants are family-friendly neighborhood restaurants that serve macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, tomato soup and other tasty beverages and food items. Consumers can customize their macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese with a variety of toppings, cheese and proteins and their selections are cooked in our state-of-the-art quick cooking ovens that deliver a quality hot product in a matter of a few minutes. We only use high-quality cheeses, proteins, and vegetables. We provide our franchises with all the tools and support necessary to achieve consistency and success.
We are a unique franchise concept in the restaurant industry since there are no fryers, grease trap systems, or hood systems necessary. There is a low investment requirement for opening a restaurant. The I Heart Mac and Cheese concept is flexible 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 ideal locations for our restaurants.
Mac and Cheese Holdings, LLC has proudly undertaken an initiative to focus on employing people with special needs in each of our corporate restaurants. We encourage this practice to all of our franchisees to aid in the growth, education and welfare of those members of our society with disabilities or special needs. By employing an individual with a disability or special need, you are helping these people to overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals. Providing employment in this nature allows these individuals to discover their new strengths, abilities and skills and offers them a chance at achieving success in their lives. Both you as an employer and the individual with the disability or special need will find joy and fulfillment by encouraging a nurturing working environment.
Concept & Design
As part of our chef-driven concept, we have taken traditional gourmet dishes and turned them into specialty macaroni and cheese creations such as Cuban pulled pork mac and cheese, buffalo chicken mac and cheese, and Philly cheese steak mac and cheese. The creativeness of our mac and cheese creations are only limited by our customer’s imaginations as they build their own specialty combinations. All macaroni and cheese dishes can be created as grilled cheese sandwiches as well. Of course, they are also served with our delicious tomato soup.
Our restaurants are family-friendly, have a kids menu and encourage the use of the restaurant for birthday parties or catering of private events.
Our food service line is set up to be user-friendly so customers can select the bread or pasta of their choice, their cheese, protein, and vegetable selection and watch their creation go through our conveyor ovens.
Our décor is a combination of modern farmhouse chic and whimsy, designed to be comforting and invite smiles. We invite all our guests to take selfies with our resident cow picture. Our cow is very social media friendly.
Franchise Information and Support
We aim to provide all our franchises with the latest technology and support to allow them to be successful in their operations.
Quick Serve Restaurant Concept
Constructing an I Heart Mac and Cheese franchise is fairly simple compared to most quick serve restaurant concepts as there is:
- NO need for a hood system in most municipalities
- NO need for grease traps in most municipalities
- NO need for gas lines since all of the equipment utilized in the restaurant is electric
The utilization of electrical equipment for cooking instead of fryers, gas stoves and other hazardous, fume or flame producing equipment allows for easier and safer operation as well as flexibility on choice of franchise location.
Build out costs vary depending on location, size and décor choices. On average, the build out or construction costs in a typical franchised location when a “vanilla shell” of a space is provided (i.e. a space with cement floors, ceiling, one bathroom, HVAC system, and general lighting). We estimate the total initial investment to open a franchise to range from $180,000 to $300,000.
Requirements and Training
For ease of build out and set up, all of the furniture, fixtures, and equipment necessary to utilize in each franchise may be purchased directly through us to utilize our purchasing clout. We provide each franchisee with full documentation of what is required to open the restaurant, including but not limited to:
- guides on permitting and planning
- equipment requirements
- small wares needs
- furniture requirements
- employee manuals and hiring guides
- recipes and procedures
- an employee handbook
- an operations manual
We provide a 5-day intensive management training and staff training program and continued support to the franchisees.
We also have a turn key agreement option for those franchisees that would rather hire the Company to construct the franchise, stock it and have it ready to open. For a fee, the Company can serve as the franchisee’s construction manager and developer. The franchisee will be able to be as hands-on as they wish and can pick the exact location of their restaurant if so desired.