‘Main Cheese’ plans to melt your heart with comfort food infused with local lore
Little Rock has exploded onto the culinary scene, gaining traction as a serious “foodie” town, with serious places to eat, with serious foods, which puts “The Main Cheese,” in a position succeed in this thriving market.
Grilled cheese-centered restaurants are commonplace in already gastronomically savvy cities, so “The Main Cheese’s” appearance in Little Rock is not surprising, and is in fact, welcomed. The owners and operators of the establishment have recognized a niche in the community and plan to fill the void in a unique way.
As far as the process of opening The Main Cheese goes, “It has been a labor of love, without a doubt,” said Adam Kaelin, general manager of “The Main Cheese.”
“Your dedication shows with the amount of work you put into it. We’ve been dedicated. Six days a week. It’s been a learning experience.”
For anyone who enjoys a good grilled cheese, it may be difficult to discern a favorite sandwich on the menu. The full menu has yet to be released, but Kaelin anticipates their most popular sandwiches to be “The Main Cheese,” their original grilled cheese, and “The Pinnacle.”
“The Pinnacle,” an homage to Little Rock and Pinnacle Mountain, is a chicken sandwich with cashews and sauce.
“It’s like the crunch of the rocks under your feet when you’re climbing Pinnacle,” Kaelin says.
Restaurants with the central focus of one food are becoming increasingly common. The Main Cheese has grasped this idea and ran with it.
Exposed brick walls, cheddar colored walls and a sleek, modern design compliment the new concepts being implemented at their Cantrell Road location inside Pinnacle Station.
Construction on “The Main Cheese” began just before Christmas in 2013, and is nearing completion now. Kaelin says he anticipates opening towards the end of February.
Other than the obvious grilled cheese theme, “The Main Cheese” plans to set themselves apart from other restaurants in Little Rock by priding themselves on their customers and their experience.
“The people inside, the faces, and the staff are passionate about the food and customers and the community. There’s an excitement around us. We’re cheese nerds,” Kaelin admits proudly.
“Our guests we will value above all else.”
No restaurant is complete without desert options and “The Main Cheese” will be no exception.
One of their desserts will be the much-anticipated “doughnut grilled cheese.”
“That was exciting – seeing what we could do with dessert,” Kaelin says.
Connoisseurs of beer and wine will certainly want to give “The Main Cheese” a try. Dishes may be paired with a wine that compliments the sandwich. “It seems like a natural thing to pair wine and cheese together. We want people to go and have an nice meal but to really just have that value too,” Kaelin said.
Kaelin and his team have a goal to meet once the restaurant opens, and that, he said, is “to provide Little Rock with the perfect sandwich.”