South Florida-based I Heart Mac & Cheese opened its first Arkansas location Thursday in Benton.
The restaurant chain, founded in 2019 by CEO and Chairman Steve Giordanella, is a fast-casual concept that specializes in customizable, made-to-order macaroni and cheese bowls and grilled cheese sandwiches. Guests can select from a variety of bases along with a choice of 10 proteins, 11 vegetables and nine cheeses. Gluten-free, vegan, and plant-based options are available.
I Heart Mac & Cheese currently has more than 20 locations and is set to open over 75 in 2022, the company said in a news release.
Michael McNamara is the franchisee for the Benton location, located just off Interstate 30 in The Shoppes at Benton.
“Saline County is our home and we could not think of a better place to put an I Heart Mac and Cheese,” he said.