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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Quick Summary

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is an exceptional comfort food franchise brand that literally wrote the book on grilled cheese. Founders, Heidi Gibson and Nate Pollak are 7-Time national grilled cheese champions and authored the nationally best-selling cookbook “Grilled Cheese Kitchen.”

Quick Facts

Minimum Cash Required$100,000
Total Investment$250,000 – $450,000
Net Worth Required$250,000
Franchise Fee$35,000
Financing AssistanceAvailable
Training & SupportYes
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Available In These States:

We are currently accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AZ
  • CA
  • CO
  • DC
  • FL
  • GA
  • LA
  • MI
  • NV
  • NC
  • OH
  • OR
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • WI

Not Available In These States:

We are NOT currently accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AL
  • AK
  • AR
  • CT
  • DE
  • HI
  • ID
  • IL
  • IN
  • IA
  • KS
  • KY
  • ME
  • MD
  • MA
  • MN
  • MS
  • MO
  • MT
  • NE
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NY
  • ND
  • OK
  • PA
  • RI
  • SC
  • SD
  • VT
  • VA
  • WA
  • WV
  • WY


The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

About Us

Since inception, The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (TACGK) flagship San Francisco location serves artisan, luxe grilled cheese sandwiches and classic comfort food dishes – all with a special twist -  to up to 400 customers per day .  That uncompromising commitment to quality has led our MIT engineer and Commander-in-Cheese, Heidi Gibson, to be a 7-time Grilled Cheese Champion!

TACGK's nicely sized 500 to 1500 square feet restaurants offer an all-day menu of freshly prepared, cooked to order, proprietary artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, soups, and sides.  The elevated fast-casual brand is carefully engineered to be a low initial investment, inexpensive to operate and capable of exceptional revenue through dine-in, delivery, catering, private events, and mobile food parks, adding profitable revenue streams to the bottom line.

The Opportunity

A TACGK franchise combines an exceptional business opportunity with true award-winning brand differentiation.  TACGK sources ingredients from local Bay Area based producers, farms, and distributors, delivering a taste of Northern California to the rest of the country. Store operations provide a unique culture and environment to hire, promote, and build team leaders; and a memorable customer experience.  The low-cost, high throughput restaurants are known nationwide for our: 

  • Trademarked “Mousetrap” award winning luxe grilled cheese sandwich
  • Creative and incredible tasting breakfast, all-day, and catering menu items
  • Casual atmospheres and truly memorable “grilled cheese moments”
  • Socially and environmentally responsible focused business practices
  • And… vigilantly defending the profitability of our franchisee’s

Multi-unit location development is preferred for primary markets.  Single unit development is welcome in secondary and smaller thriving markets in North America. Ideal North TACGK franchise candidates have food and beverage experience and a minimum of $100,000 in available capital for each $265,000+ restaurant they wish to develop.  To help protect your investment, a cost-free third-party project funding assessment will be made available.

When it comes to brand, quality and experience, TACGK is the leading grilled cheese franchise opportunity in the industry.  We seek exceptional franchise partners to join our growing network of restaurants.

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