bring a grilled cheese sandwich franchise to your community



Since our inception, we have used every resource at our disposal to create award winning comfort food. We are dedicated to using only artisan quality, carefully-sourced ingredients to craft the perfect luxe grilled cheese sandwiches and classic comfort food dishes with our special twist. That uncompromising commitment has lead our MIT engineer and Commander-in-Cheese, Heidi Gibson, to be a 7-time Grilled Cheese Champion! 

We also literally wrote the book on grilled cheese. Our founders, Heidi Gibson and Nate Pollak authored the nationally best-selling cookbook “Grilled Cheese Kitchen.”  

The American emphasizes a unique and fun grilled cheese experience for our guests and a career-building leadership program for our team members. Our fast-casual restaurants are carefully engineered to be a low initial investment, inexpensive to operate and capable of exceptional revenue through dine-in, delivery, take away and catering sales channels. 



Our franchise restaurant business model was founded on our passion for excellence and creativity. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen restaurant franchise offers an all-day menu of freshly prepared, cooked to order, proprietary artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, soups, and sides.  

The American is dedicated to the long-term success of our franchisees while holding to the highest standards of intelligent investment. We are committed to a growth strategy backed by increasingly robust support of our franchisees in primary, secondary and select foodie focused markets everywhere. 

Our restaurants range in size from 500 to 1500 square feet and serve incredible tasting breakfast and all-day menu items including our trademarked “Mousetrap”, our trademarked luxe-spin on the classic 3-cheese grilled cheese sandwich.



We strive to deal with others as we would have them deal with us.  As a result, we have proactively equipped our organization with premium franchisee profit-centric systems that are designed to vigilantly protect of our most valuable assets… our franchisees.  

The American Grilled Cheese franchise support elements include: 

  • Cost-free project funding review by industry experts
  • National site selection and lease negotiation
  • National construction management support
  • Comprehensive 2-week initial training
  • National purchasing and procurement program
  • Grand opening marketing and event planning
  • Community fundraisers and campaigning efforts
  • Innovative and effective marketing initiatives
  • Traditional and digital internet advertising initiatives 
  • Local and brand centric public relations assistance 



An AGCK franchise combines an exceptional business opportunity with true award-winning brand differentiation. Multi-unit location development is preferred for primary markets.  Single unit development is welcome in secondary and smaller thriving markets in North America.  We also welcome multi-unit international master franchise development with well-funded, experienced restaurant groups that have a familiarity with their regional markets and have a strong understanding of strategic menu ingredient sourcing.

Ideal North American grilled cheese 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. 

If you would like to join other accomplished multi-unit franchise owners in our true artisan fast-casual restaurant franchise, we welcome your inquiry.  We will be happy to address your initial questions and review available opportunities in your market.

*See Uniform Franchise Disclosure Document (UFDD) for details.

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