Tom+Chee was founded by restaurant chef Trew Quackenbush and designer Corey Ward, along with their wives Jenny and Jenn. Over the last 15 years, Chef Trew has cooked professionally in San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle, Alaska, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati where he found his "niche" after years of experimenting. Ward - who previously worked in comic books, design, and branding - always wanted to open his own business, especially one that would "put a smile on people's faces."
Tom+Chee - and specifically the Grilled Cheese Donut - has been featured on ABC's "The Chew," and the Travel Channel's "Amazing Eats," and "Man v. Food Nation." NBC's "Today Show" named it one of the seven best sandwiches of 2012. And their BBQ+Bacon Grilled Cheese sandwich was named "Best of the City" by Cincinnati Magazine. The band Smash Mouth included Tom+Chee in their cook book Recipes From The Road, and they've been written up in the national cheese magazine Culture. And Tom+Chee was named one of the "25 Brands to Watch" at the 2013 Brand Innovators Made in America Summit.
Tom+Chee's franchising operation was featured on Fox Business's "MONEY with Melissa Francis," and 'shark' Barbara Corcoran invested in the company, and the expansion of their franchise operations, during their appearance on the season finale of ABC's "Shark Tank."
Originally started as a food booth on Cincinnati's historic Fountain Square in the center of downtown in 2009, Tom+Chee's rapid success let to the opening of their first brick and mortar location in 2010. In 2011 they opened their northern Kentucky shop and in 2012 they opened a third location in downtown Cincinnati. 2012 saw the opening of their first two franchise locations in Louisville, KY. Since Tom+Chee has appeared on "Shark Tank," they've received more than 7,000 franchise requests, covering all 50 states and several countries including Canada, Ireland, Czechoslovakia, Dubai and more. Tom+Chee is actively seeking engaged franchisees to expand the brand across the country.
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