INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's first 'I Heart Mac & Cheese' location opens in Westfield on Wednesday.
Local first responders, Matthew and Elizabeth Griffin, are the franchise owners of Westfield's I Heart Mac & Cheese.
"We had always wanted to own a restaurant in Indiana, and once we flew to Florida in July 2019 to experience I Heart Mac & Cheese, our decision was made instantly to move forward," Matthew said.
The build-your-own macaroni and cheese franchise can be found in several other states, including Florida, New York and Illinois. The menu boasts not only custom mac and cheeses but a lobster and white truffle mac and baked chicken parmesan.
Although the menu was an essential part of the decision for the Griffin's to open a location in central Indiana, what indeed sold them was the reputation the preceded the franchise. The brand has received several ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine and QSR Magainze's 40/40 list.
About two weeks before the coronavirus shutdowns began across the state and nation, the couple started the building process of their new business. Matthew says they have no reservation at all for starting a restaurant at this stage in Indiana phased reopening.
"We are excited more than ever to start this new chapter in our lives, launching I Heart Mac & Cheese into Indiana," Matthew said. "We live in Indiana and our family is in Indiana. Indiana is home, and what better place to start a new business."
I Heart Mac & Cheese will be adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines set in place by the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association as well as health officials. If guests choose to dine in, the tables will be spaced out six feet apart, and there will be markers on the floor indicating where to stand.
Despite the pandemic, the Griffin's are also in the process of locating two more I Heart Mac and Cheese properties in Indiana. Those details have yet to be finalized at the time of this posting.
The Griffin's will be hiring anywhere from 20 to 25 people for employment at its first location in Westfield.
I Heart Mac & Cheese
637 E State Highway 32
Monday - Thursday : 11AM - 10PM
Friday and Saturday : 11AM - 11PM
Sunday : 11AM - 10PM