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Home of The Waffled Grilled Cheese®.

New York Grilled Cheese started as a local restaurant nearby, and changed the way we ate grilled cheese. The uncanny success and ensuing popularity that followed, all in a remarkably short period of time, transcended even the owners’ wildest dreams and expectations.

Capitalizing on a favorite childhood comfort food that has withstood the test of time, the dynamic management team reinvigorated a stagnant staple and manifested it into a lucrative opportunity that appeals to people of all ages and walks of life. Crafted by chefs committed to serving fresh food using only the highest quality of ingredients and 100% natural cheeses.



For U.S. and International Opportunities: Upon completion and acceptance of the application, a copy of New Grilled Cheese current Franchise Disclosure Document will be provided to you during your initial interview.

For U.S. Opportunities: Yes. Franchisees are awarded locations based on their ability to operate their existing stores and their financial ability to support additional locations.

For International Opportunities: Yes. In fact, international franchisees join the New York Grilled Cheese system with the commitment to open multiple locations within an awarded territory or region.

For U.S. Opportunities: New York Grilled Cheese will provide initial training for a minimum of 2 individuals, which is conducted at the New York Grilled Cheese Training Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL prior to the new store opening. The training includes:

14 days of Training

Up to 7 days of on-site training is also provided at the store opening.

For International Opportunities: Extensive training for the franchisee and his/her staff consists of several weeks at New York Grilled Cheese training center and at the corporate office.

For U.S. and International Opportunities: The cost for the initial training for the prospective franchisee and staff is included in the initial franchise fee. However, the prospective franchisee is responsible for all other expenses incurred while attending training, including travel costs, room and board, and employee salaries.

For U.S. and International Opportunities: You will have ongoing access to our expertise and materials in the areas of:

  • Business development and administration
  • Site selection and store leasing
  • Construction
  • Purchasing
  • Training
  • Store operations
  • Quality control
  • Advertising and promotions
  • Marketing
  • Research and development

For a general introduction to owning your own New York Grilled Cheese franchise, please review our Franchising Opportunities.

Send us an e-mail with some brief information about yourself and the franchise locations you would be interested in opening a New York Grilled Cheese, and please complete our Franchise Information Request Form.

For U.S. Opportunities: Upon completion of the personal interview, New York Grilled Cheese will make a decision within 3 to 4 weeks regarding your approval status. For International Opportunities: The application approval process may take several months because of the amount of information needed to complete an application.

Yes, to all of the above. New York Grilled Cheese will franchise to individuals, partnerships, and corporations.

Will New York Grilled Cheese assist me with financing a store?

For U.S. Opportunities: Franchisees are awarded franchise rights for a specific store location.

For International Opportunities: Yes, New York Grilled Cheese awards territories or regions to its international franchisees.

For U.S. Opportunities: To obtain a list of stores available for purchase, please contact New York Grilled Cheese.

For International Opportunities: New York Grilled Cheese is open to all inquiries for international expansion in countries not currently under development. To learn more about international development opportunities please contact New York Grilled Cheese.

For U.S. Opportunities: Prior to discussing potential locations with applicants interested in opportunities with New York Grilled Cheese, applicants must go through our application approval process. Upon approval as a potential New York Grilled Cheese franchisee candidate, our Real Estate Department can then help you begin to investigate possible locations.

For U.S. Opportunities: Yes. The current royalty fee is 6 %. This fee payment contributes to the overall support system, e.g., training, field support, purchasing, construction, new product development, and quality control, to mention just a few. There is also an Advertising Fund fee of 2 % that supports all marketing programs.

For International Opportunities: Yes. Royalty payments, franchise fee, and store opening fees are negotiated for each country on an individual basis.

For U.S. and International Opportunities: New York Grilled Cheese does not make earnings claims regarding any of our locations. The amount of money individual locations can expect to make will vary depending on a multitude of factors, including the locations and demographics, operating costs, sales, and the overall ability of the franchisee to operate and manage their franchise location(s). Other considerations for international franchisees would include duties, tariffs, etc.


Steps to Becoming


Steps in the Franchise Process

  • Complete the application
  • Personal interview with New York Grilled Cheese team
  • Receive and review Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
  • Undergo credit and background checks
  • Proof of assets and financing
  • Secure Financing
  • Find a Suitable Location
  • Negotiate Lease
  • Letter of Intent to the Landlord
  • Construction begins
  • Begin training for franchisee and crew
  • Grand opening

You will immediately notice the difference in doing business with New Grilled Cheese. We are passionate about providing a unique dining experience in the food industry. Because of this passion and commitment, we are a highly visible partner to our franchisees. We have established expert teams to support you in every aspect of your business – from site selection and lease negotiation to grand opening and systemwide marketing events.

New York Grilled Cheese program provides complete franchise support, including:

Training is an integral part of our system. All franchisee’s go through fourteen days of complete store operations training, with two days in a classroom setting. With seven days of on-site training once a store opens, we continually provide ongoing training and support for franchise partners and their crewmembers.


Our success in franchising will be a targeted growth strategy, basing our development expansion decisions on the best locations and partners.

New York Grilled Cheese likes to equate the nature of a franchisor/franchisee relationship to that of a good, committed partnership. Both parties need to engage in ongoing, transparent communication, commit to teamwork to reach established goals, provide superior support to one another when pursuing objectives, and consistently present a listening ear and willingness to collaborate and compromise, if needed.

We hope to partner with individuals who appreciate and can easily get on board with the operating spirit between the franchise community and corporate representatives. We strive to maintain a relationship of collaboration in order to reach mutually beneficial business goals – a must for a thriving long-standing relationship. Equally as important is a commitment to uphold our New York Grilled Cheese operation standards and established brand personality. New York Grilled Cheese desires to partner with individuals who possess a strong background in business operations and are able to demonstrate the passion to become owner operators.



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