The new restaurant is located in the space previously occupied by Mr. Zub’s Deli, which moved across the street last year, according to Mario Nemr, who owns both restaurants.
The Nemrs have been remodeling and decorating the restaurant for the past six months–taking their time to perfect the psychedelic atmosphere that would make the restaurant’s 1970s comedy duo namesakes proud.
Mac and cheese is served in a pizza-style box both in store and to-go.
“We had a kitchen already, and we were still under lease, so we knew we had to do something,” Nemr said. “We were trying to keep it simple because Mr. Zubs is such a complicated menu and it’s a big operation, and we were trying to do something we thought people would like without all the confusion.”
“It looks like you are getting a small pizza but when you open it up its mac and cheese inside,” Nemr said. “We were trying to keep everything easy. In Highland Square there is a lot of foot traffic, so a lot of people will probably come in, grab it and get out of there because there are seven other bars right there.”
Hours are Monday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
But customers don’t have to walk far to reach the nearest bar, since Cheese & Chong’s is connected to The Matinee.
“It’s kind of a combo. We felt that by offering grub food, it could fit right in with what we already had going with The Matinee. It’s a ‘we’re-not-afraid-to-tell-you-that-we-have-booze-here’ kind of place,” he said.
“It’s not like walking into a Panera and ordering mac and cheese, not that there’s anything wrong with those. It’s just not what we were trying to do,” Nemr said.
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