By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Aug 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The time is nearly ripe to indulge in ooey gooey, creamy gourmet macaroni and cheese.

That's because Grate Modern Mac and Cheese is slated to open its doors to the public at N92W16125 Falls Parkway in Menomonee Falls on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

The fast-casual restaurant, operated by Roaring Fork Restaurant Group, specializes in gourmet macaroni and cheese entrees. And (surprisingly!) it's one of very few in the otherwise cheese-filled State of Wisconsin.

Grate’s menu will feature over ten varieties of macaroni and cheese, including flavors like buffalo chicken, nacho, chicken bacon jalapeno ranch and green chile pepperjack. Gluten-free macaroni and cheese will also be available as well as a sampler featuring eight different macaroni and cheese flavors in a shareable skillet. Recipes were developed with the help of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. All entrees are made to order and served in individual ceramic skillets which are cooked in the restaurant’s Woodstone fire deck oven.

In addition to macaroni and cheese, Grate will also offer salads, a children's menu and unique desserts including confetti and cream and chocolate chip cookie dips.

Roaring Fork has also made a commitment to using Wisconsin-produced products including Renard’s Cheese (Sturgeon Bay), Sassy Cow Creamery milk and heavy cream (Columbus), Richland Hills Farms (Richland Center) apples, Klement’s sausages (Milwaukee), Patrick Cudahy bacon (Cudahy), Pine River butter and cream cheese (Manitowoc) and Kemps yogurt and sour cream (Cedarburg).

"After more than a year of thought and preparation for this new restaurant concept, it is so satisfying to celebrate the grand opening of Grate Modern Mac and Cheese," notes Abby Hansen, director of marketing at Roaring Fork. "Bringing our twist on the tradition and comfort of macaroni cheese to southeastern Wisconsin has really been a labor of love."

Grate Mac and Cheese will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.