Our Story

The sandwich that melted hearts

Our first location was a pop-up tent on Fountain Square in Cincinnati. We served our amazing grilled cheese to the cold and hungry crowds visiting the annual outdoor holiday market. We melted hearts, and cheese, and the word quickly spread about the toasty little tent near the ice skating rink.

“We wanted to pick one thing and do it really well, and when we imagined families creating memories, grilled cheese just fit.” - Co-Founder Jenny Rachford.

We knew we were on to something unique that resonated with people from all walks of life. We had harnessed the power of bringing great ingredients together with our always "and" crafted melts and homemade soups. We soon opened the first permanent location in downtown Cincinnati and quickly created a cheese-fueled frenzy. Today we share our unique recipes to fans in Tom & Chee locations across America, and it’s all because we pitched a tent!

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Beyond Grilled Cheese

We’re so much more than grilled cheese. Tom & Chee is a sensory experience that starts with great service and ends with satisfaction. From adventurous melts to savory soups and fresh salads our menu offers something for everyone. We offer gluten-free bread, vegan cheese, vegan/vegetarian soups and make our basil pesto with sunflower seeds, so our friends with tree-nut allergies can dig in. We think EVERYONE deserves to be as cheesy as they want to be and enjoy our incredible food.

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Humble Brags

The buzz about Tom & Chee's unique spin on ingredients (can you say Grilled Cheese Donut?) led to appearances on the hit television shows Man vs. Food Nation, The Chew, and Amazing Eats, which made Cincinnati the envy of the rest of the world. We received even more love and attention after a few successful appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank. Today, we have restaurants throughout America and thousands of fans who agree that CHEE WILL ROCK YOU!

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The Today Show
Good Morning America
Shark Tank
Travel Channel
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