I heart mac and cheese

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Lovers of ooey-gooey cheese and cream-covered noodles will have a new destination in North Scottsdale for their cheesy cravings!

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I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-casual serving restaurant dedicated to made-to-order macaroni, cheese bowls, and grilled cheese sandwiches, is set to open its newest location in Scottsdale. The restaurant will be located on Scottsdale Road on the southwest corner of Bell Road.

"I was looking to get into a completely different business than I am in currently," owner James Maraugh said. "I had stumbled upon I Heart Mac & Cheese on social media. I thought the name was really catchy, and the concept seemed pretty cool since there is nothing really like that in this area. I tasted the food at their headquarters and joined the franchise. A year later, here we are! We are family-owned, first and foremost. We are hyper-focused on building relationships with our patrons and turning them into 'Cheesters.'"

If you've read this far, clearly you love mac and cheese! Here's what you can expect from this South Florida-based concept spreading across the country. I Heart Mac & Cheese serves up a variety of health-conscious bases, including quinoa, broccoli, cauliflower, gluten-free pasta, plant-based protein, and dairy-free alternatives. And who could forget the extensive array of traditional mac and cheese and sandwich options!

The Scottsdale location will feature custom, build-your-own combinations that can be made into grilled cheese sandwiches or cheese bowls like baked chicken parmesan, baked meatball parmesan, the Cuban, pepperoni pizza, and a lobster and white truffle mac, to name a few.

I Heart Mac and Cheese restaurant

"I'm excited about the expansion of I Heart Mac & Cheese into Scottsdale, following successful growth in other areas across the state," said Steve Giordanella, the CEO and chairman of I Heart Mac & Cheese. "We love celebrating childhood comfort food classics and enjoy entering new communities to share the concept. We're really looking forward to seeing the success Scottsdale will have."

The new eatery will open on Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m., and will have several surprises for restaurant-goers. The first 100 guests who purchase a meal will have a chance to win Mac and cheese for a year; three of those prizes will be awarded.

I Heart Mac and Cheese catering

The location will be open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information, you can visit the I Heart Mac & Cheese website.

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