Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Shark Tank investment Tom + Chee headed to North Texas

Shark Tank success story Tom + Cheewill open its first Texas restaurant in Richardson later this month.  

In an 2013 episode of the hit CNBC show, “sharks” Barbara Corcoran and Dallas’ own Mark Cuban each received a 15 percent stake in the company after investing $300,000 each. While Tom + Chee's relationship with Cuban ended after the show, Corcoran is still an investor and has an agreement to receive franchise fees from every Tom + Chee location in New York. 
Cuban no longer has a stake in the company.
Since its prime-time debut, Tom + Chee has grown to nearly 30 locations, with one of its newest scheduled to open July 16 at Richardson’s CityLine development. Greg and Wendy Sippelare the restaurant’s local franchisees.
"We are excited to introduce this fresh, fun, new concept to Dallas/Fort Worth and Texas,” the Sippels said in a news release. “Tom+Chee reminds us of the comfort foods of days past, but with a twist. We believe the cheesy goodness of Tom+Chee will be a great addition to CityLine."
The new restaurant will feature Tom + Chee’s 20 grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh salads and three versions of tomato soup. Customers will find specialties such as the grilled cheese donut and Hippy + Chee, with hummus, cucumbers, mixed green, tomatoes and cheddar cheese.
Richardson’s Tom + Chee location will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.  
Korri Kezar/ Dallas Morning News