I can hardly contain my excitement. I know, I know… we have a new restaurant in Mundelein, grilled cheese you say? Ok sounds good. But that’s not why I’m so excited. I’m excited because every time you buy a sandwich, GRIL donates a sandwich to someone in need.
I am a busy working mom, so whenever I can multitask, I do. So when I found out I could have a delicious, locally sourced meal, support a small business AND have a meal that supports a philanthropic cause, all by NOT cooking… ? I mean COME ON! It doesn’t get any better than that.
The menu is amazing. Everything I tried was delicious. I loved the Nana, which incorporates locally-sourced apricot preserves, and the sweetness added to the bread and cheeses was the best! The cookie? Heavenly. Even the chips were perfect.
I met Paul, the owner of GRIL, the day after he opened. I stopped by on my way home from work to get gift cards for end-of-the-year teacher presents. The restaurant was closed, but the door was open. I took this time to chat with Paul about how business was going and asked for gift cards. He didn’t have any yet, but he went home and created them for me the same night.
Paul is from Grayslake and is learning all about Mundelein, so stop in and talk about your corner of the world. Paul is open to fundraising opportunities, and has already supported local schools multiple times.
What would you like readers to know about your business?
I would like them to know that their meal makes a difference. For every sandwich we sell, we budget part of the proceeds towards donating sandwiches back into the community, i.e. for shelters, schools, churches, fundraisers etc. Our approach to building this business is to also support other local entrepreneurs, focusing on all natural ingredients, thus the “L’ in our name. GRIL is actually an acronym for Gratitude Respect Integrity and Local. These are the four pillars of our company, influencing our approach and strategy.
Since Little Lake County is a family website, can you tell me a bit about your family?
Yep, this is a family business in every sense of the term. My wife Susan and I have two sons, Andrew (age 21) and Michael (age 17). My mom, Barb (aka, The Nana) also works at the shop. While my dad does not work at the shop, his sandwich is “The Antny.” We’ve lived in Grayslake for 20 years, thus we named one sandwich “The Grayslaker.” Don’t worry, we’re working on a Mundelein sandwich.
My husband and I are planning to bring our favorite grilled cheese to Tighthead Brewing Company or Bosaki’s Home Brew this weekend. These gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are not just for the kids!
Please go out and grab dinner on the way to the baseball field, as these will for sure be a hit (see what I did there, #punintended). Tell Paul I said hello, and that Little Lake County sent you! (Note: there is NO dine-in option, all meals must be taken to-go. Call-ahead ordering is offered, and GRIL delivers through GrubHub.)
Please note, since this is a new restaurant, the hours and menu are changing to accommodate demand. Follow the non Facebook and check their website for the most up to date information.