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Grilled cheese restaurant to open in Carrboro

Posted September 3, 2014

Tom + Chee

— A Cincinnati-based grilled cheese restaurant made famous on the reality show "Shark Tank" announced plans Wednesday for a North Carolina location. 

Tom+Chee specializes in more than 20 types of grilled cheese and three versions of tomato soup. Their menu also includes salad and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. (I can't wait to check out their "Grilled Cheese Donut.") The kitchen has no fryers, freezers or microwaves so dishes are made fresh in house. 

Tom+Chee will be opening a Carrboro location. No specific address has been revealed. The restaurant is among 13 new locations the chain is planning to open by spring. It is the only North Carolina location planned at this time. 

The Tom+Chee franchise currently has 14 restaurants in operation and 150 stores under contract in 20 states.

The owners appeared last year on "Shark Tank" to ask investors to help fund their venture. 

“Since we appeared on Shark Tank, we’ve received more than 20,000 inquiries from people interested in operating their own Tom+Chee,” co-founder Corey Ward said in a statement. “It’s an exciting time for our company and it’s proof that hard work and good food can make your dreams come true.”


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  • glarg Sep 4, 2014

    The kitchen has no fryers, freezers or microwaves so dishes are made fresh in house.
    Conclusion does not follow from antecedent.

  • teleman60 Sep 4, 2014

    To base an entire restaurant on a food that is probably one of the worst things for human health only screams in colorful capitol letters THE IQ OF MOST AMERICANS IS IN THE SHOE SIZE AREA. They'll be selling mostly greasy grilled cheese with a touch of soup or salad.

    Every time I go out I'm staggered by the numbers of morbidly obese people and their morbidly obese children, in grocery aisles and restaurants selecting and eating food that is killing them AND THE US HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, because HEY - Capitalism! USA - USA - USA!

    NC could be poster- child for HOW and WHAT NOT TO EAT! It's sad...

  • busyb97 Sep 3, 2014

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    Same could be said about a lot of places. Pizza, pancakes, etc.

    My youngest child would be happy to check it out....he's a big grilled cheese fan. And sometimes, in the winter especially, a good grilled cheese and soup just hits the spot for the big "kids" too!

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  • Anita Woody Sep 3, 2014

    I saw this place on Shark Tank.

  • Dan Caugherty Sep 3, 2014
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    Let me guess: The other 12 locations will be in or around Portland.

  • Janet Clarke Sep 3, 2014
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  • Jimm57 Sep 3, 2014

    Drive to Carrboro for something I can make cheaper and better at home? Maybe if they had a drive thru........