Grilled cheese franchise prepares for third Atlanta area location.
Cincinnati, Ohio-based Tom + Chee is opening a third Atlanta area location of the growing franchise. Open since April in Kennesaw, a second Tom + Chee is in under construction in Alpharetta near North Point Mall. Now a third, previously rumored, location has been confirmed near the Mall of Georgia in Buford. The Alpharetta location is slated to open in mid-October followed by Buford in mid-December. The three locations are owned by separate franchisees.
Tom + Chee's Buford location will be at The Plaza Mall of Georgia (3350 Buford Drive). Tom + Chee will convert a former Five Guys to suit their needs. The space is located between Radio Shack and Parma, across from Sam's Club and in front of Toys "R" Us / Babies "R" Us.
Tom & Chee specializes in assorted grilled cheese sandwiches, but is perhaps most famous for their "grilled cheese doughnut." Yes, that's exactly what it sounds like. Friends Corey Ward and Trew Quackenbush started selling grilled cheese sandwiches from a tent beside an ice skating rink in December 2009. Last year, the grilled cheese duo wooed Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban of ABC's Shark Tank into an investment deal that has allowed them to renovate their existing locations and expand their franchise offerings. (Corcoran and Cuban invested $600,000 as equal partners with a 30% stake in Tom & Chee.)