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We've been in the
restaurant business forever.

(Well, since the ages of 17 and 20. Which can sometimes feel like forever.) In 2010, we started researching what it would look like to do our own thing. We saw what was happening in L.A. with Kogi, then only a year old and a single truck. We wanted to bring that kind of energy to the streets of Charlotte.

Beyond that, all we really knew is that we wanted to do comfort food. Shelley (the smart one) pushed for a grilled cheese concept from the beginning. I wasn’t so sure. We landed on a street food concept that involved reinventing our menu (and our truck) over and over, starting with grilled cheese. That was in 2012. We never changed the menu.

As a chef who’s spent time in fine dining, there’s something appealing about taking a handful of ingredients and treating them well. There’s something even more appealing about watching people’s faces when they eat a GC and tap into their childhood for a minute. It never gets old.

Everything we do is about recreating your best food memories—and then adding to them. We want that wave of nostalgia to hit you when you first see the sandwich, but we also want to surprise when you take that first bite.

That's Shelley.
Idea creator & friendly face.
That's Brian.
Maker of cheesy goodness &
high five giver.

Meet some
of the fam.