Here’s a restaurant for your mac-and-cheese-loving heart

Openings: I Heart Mac and Cheese Jupiter


If you heart all manners of macaroni and cheese, forks up: The restaurant chain whose name is a declaration of love for the comfort-food classic just opened a location in Jupiter.

I Heart Mac and Cheese, a Boca Raton-based company, debuted the new restaurant at Jupiter’s Sims Creek Plaza on Indiantown Road earlier this week. The concept follows the casual build-your-own-meal trend, offering customizable bowls and sandwiches. 

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It goes like this: Choose one of two mac-cheese vehicles (bowl or sandwich, all under $10). Then, for an additional charge (less than $3), top it with your choice of cheese, veggies, protein and dressing. Meat toppings include crispy chicken, pulled pork, meatballs, short rib, ground beef, ham, bacon, pepperoni, and lobster (for an upcharge). 

The menu also offers “chef specials,” like lobster and white truffle mac and cheese, a Cuban-sandwich-inspired bowl, and a baked, short rib-stuffed, mac and cheese sandwich called “The Best of Both Worlds.” There are entrée salads, sides, kids’ meals and desserts (including mini chocolate chip cookies, marshmallow treats and brownies). Plus, there’s beer. 

The chain has seven locations in South Florida, one recently opened shop in Yukon, Oklahoma, and two on the way in Long Island and Queens, New York. Most of the South Florida locations, which include a month-old spot in Boca, debuted this year. While the Jupiter restaurant is corporate-owned, two of the company’s locations, including an upcoming eatery in Davie, are franchises. 

“There is definitely a growing consumer demand in the local communities,” the company president Dan Collins said in a news release. He credited the menu’s “unconventional choices and variations” for the concept’s appeal. 


I Heart Mac and Cheese Jupiter 

  • Location: 1695 W. Indiantown Rd. (Sims Creek Plaza); 561-203-2155 
  • Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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