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Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day with Tom & Chee

Purchase any elevated, handcrafted melt and receive a free original grilled cheese donut dessert

Cincinnati – Cincinnati favorite Tom & Chee, famous for its melts, soups, salads and grilled cheese donuts, is celebrating America’s favorite food holiday in a way only Tom & Chee can do: By giving guests nationwide a complimentary original grilled cheese donut with the purchase of any handcrafted melt in celebration of National Grilled Cheese Day on Monday, April 13 at all participating locations. The special giveaway applies to all carryout and curb-side pickup orders. To order online for quick, easy carry-out, simply visit

With origins dating back as far as the Roman Empire based on ancient cookbooks, the grilled cheese sandwich became a phenomenon in America in the early 20th century out of necessity. After James L. Kraft patented processed cheese in the mid 1910s, the Great Depression prompted many to find a meal that was fit for both their palates and their budgets – making the grilled cheese sandwich a staple of many American households. Tom & Chee takes the standard grilled cheese to the next level with elevated ingredients and flavor combinations – all of which are bolstered by the premiere goods produced by dedicated farmers at the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

National Grilled Cheese Day is typically celebrated every April 12, which is also Easter Sunday. Out of respect for Tom & Chee guests and employees, this year’s celebration will move to Monday, April 13 with the approval of the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.

In the wake of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, Tom & Chee President and CEO Roger David has ensured taking steps to make sure all of the company’s locations are safe for employees and guests alike. This includes following the recommendations of the CDC and local health departments, such as committing to social distancing, temporarily closing dining rooms while remaining open for drive-thru, carry out and delivery.

“National Grilled Cheese Day is one of our favorite days of the year, and one we always look forward to celebrating as a company with our fans,” said David. “I’m an over-protective dad – ask my kids and they’ll agree – but we’ve been going above and beyond standard cleanliness/sanitization guidelines, as well as CDC recommendations. We must always ensure the safety of our staff and guests to feed our communities throughout this crisis.”

“This year, things look a little different, but we felt it’s still important to share a delicious treat with guests. The grilled cheese donut, a perfect combination of savory and sweet, is what really put Tom & Chee on the map,” said David. “If you’ve tried it, you know it’s a perfect combo. If you haven’t tried it, this is a great day to do it.”

John Gerth, owner of several Cincinnati-area Tom & Chee restaurants, agrees.

“Of course, we wish we could serve our fans in person, but we want to keep our friends safe at all times, which is why we are being diligent in our carry-out, curbside and delivery service,” said Gerth. “We want you to enjoy a handcrafted melt and original grilled cheese donut on National Grilled Cheese Day, which is why we’re continuing to go above and beyond for our guests.”

There are five Tom & Chee locations in the Greater Cincinnati area, but only three are currently open during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic:

  • The Original Tom & Chee – Downtown Cincinnati,125 E. Court Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • West Chester – 9328 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069
  • Anderson Towne Center – 7578 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati OH 45255

Tom & Chee currently has 10 locations across the Midwest and South, with plans to open a new location in Pittsburgh in fall 2020. For more information, visit or connect with us social media via Facebook at or Twitter at @TomAndChee.


About Tom & Chee

Tom & Chee is an innovative restaurant chain that offers a unique menu based off of the classic meal, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. What began in a small tent next to an ice-skating rink in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square quickly but quietly grew to multiple stores in the Cincinnati market, and they began franchising. Tom & Chee has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, The Chew, The Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food Nation, Amazing Eats. The Today Show named their Grilled Cheese Doughnut one of the “Best Sandwiches in America.” For more information, visit