Fast-casual chain I Heart Mac & Cheese has entered into a development agreement with franchise group Manor 3 to establish 23 new locations in Long Island, New York.
The move is part of the restaurant chain’s plans to expand the presence of its brand across New York.
Of the 23 locations, the company will open nine restaurants, including three this year, an additional four next year, and the remaining two locations in 2021.
I Heart Mac & Cheese CEO and chairman Stephen Giordanella said: “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.
“While our concept is perfect for any aspiring entrepreneur, not requiring restaurant-specific experience, the opportunity to collaborate with seasoned restaurant franchise owners with built-in local connections will let us deliver an exceptional experience to a new base of customers.”
I Heart Mac & Cheese allows customers to custom create menu items such as macaroni and cheese bowls, grilled cheese sandwiches and salads using pasta, bread, or a salad base and seven different proteins, vegetables, and cheeses.
Manor 3 is led by seasoned restaurant franchise operator Vinny Greco, “I am incredibly passionate about the restaurant business and especially enjoy helping create remarkable experiences for my guests.
“I feel I Heart Mac & Cheese is the next great franchise concept – one that will help me do just that – and I look forward to being part of the family.”
The restaurant chain also offers specialty chef items such as Baked Chicken Parmesan, Baked Meatball Parmesan, The Cuban, Pepperoni Pizza, and Lobster & White Truffle Mac.
Sides offered by the restaurant chain include Cheesy Broccoli, Balsamic Tomatoes and Tomato Soup; desserts include Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies, Marshmallow Treats and Caramel Cookies.