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The Cheesy Grill only made it one year. Does mega-chain Sonic have anything to do with this?

It's curtains for the Cheesy Grill


The Cheesy Grill's outgoing message says, "Due to the economic conditions in the world today, we decided to close our doors, thanks for being a loyal Cheesy Grill customer."

John O'Hare opened the Cheesy Grill, 2155 Miller Park Way, in early 2008. The diner served "quality comfort food," including grilled cheese sandwiches, mac & cheese, cheesy fries, chili cheese dogs, tomato soup and more.

Since the Cheesy Grill opened, a number of other chain restaurants have opened across the street, including Rocky Rococo and Sonic.

Here's Drew Olson's review of the Cheesy Grill from last summer.

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mj23 | June 13, 2009 at 4:06 p.m. (report)

I would have to agree the economy is not a very good excuse for any business it comes down to: poor site selection, bad business model, not enough sweat equity, unproven ownership. I thought they worked in finance prior to this gig. If you are going to start a business please be familiar with the business before you go blabbering to the papers about your dreams.

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Wgsmms | June 10, 2009 at 2:18 p.m. (report)

It was an interesting concept, but the folks I know who went there did not find the food worth the cost. Besides, it's easier, and a little cheaper to make yourself a nice grilled cheese sandwich at home.

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zach01 | June 9, 2009 at 12:13 p.m. (report)

I find it amusing that there is more conversation about this place now that it's closed than when it was actually operating...

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Broner | June 9, 2009 at 12:03 p.m. (report)

mygreendoor, I got your point. You're right, every time a business goes out of business these days, they blame the economy. For some that is true and for others it is not. Apparently, the others didn't get your point on that. Please eveyrone else, don't get sandstorm started on mac and cheese again.

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mygreendoor | June 9, 2009 at 11:44 a.m. (report)

Two posters on here need to learn to read. My screen name is MY greendoor, not MR...and, yes I do have business experience being that I'm an accountant, a Board member of an insurance company, and a fiscal analyst. My credentials aside, I expect quality when I eat out and Cheesy Grill just didn't have it. So I was wrong about the brand of bread - the quality of the bread they did use was just as crummy as Wonder Bread. And while I'm not blind to the effects of the recession, I simply don't appreciate businesses using it as an excuse. There are PLENTY of sole proprietorships and small businesses doing just fine despite the economy - no doubt because they have a quality product or service backed by quality employees. Cheesy Grill just wasn't one of them. And that has nothing to do with the economy.

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