D.C.’s first grilled cheese-focused restaurant

A restaurant that pays respect to a childhood classic will open in D.C., one block from the White House. (Courtesy Shauna Alexander)

WASHINGTON — Grilled cheese, the childhood and snow-day classic, is getting more than a little gourmet upgrade — it’s getting a location one block away from the White House.

GCDC, D.C.’s first fully dedicated grilled cheese restaurant, is scheduled to open in early March at 1730 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

The concept is the brainchild of Bruce Klores, a D.C. attorney, and his son, Steven, The Washington Post reports. The two tapped New York-based cheesemonger Sophie Slesinger, originally from Bethesda, Md., to curate the cheese selection.

True to form, the restaurant will be a grilled cheese hangout during the day. Come nighttime, it will transform into a bit of a classier joint with wine flights, cheese plates and cocktails.

Slesinger will offer weekly cheese classes at the 2,100-square-foot GCDC. These classes will range in topics from “cheese 101″ to education on pairings and preparation.


Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup and tater tots are on the lunch menu at GCDC. (Courtesy Shauna Alexander)

What’s on the menu?

The daytime menu will have a selection of specialty grilled cheeses. Think: a carbonara grilled cheese sandwich made with a Gruyere blend, fresh goat cheese, saut

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