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

Wednesday - 2/26/2014, 10:41am  ET

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, sautéed leeks and pancetta, or a kim-cheese-steak sandwich made with a cheddar blend, D.C.'s No. 1 Sons kimchi, Korean-style roast beef and a spicy sauce.

The lunch menu will include made-from-scratch tomato soup and a few variations of tater tots. A build-your-own grilled cheese sandwich option is available for those looking to exercise creativity during the lunch hour.

According to The Washington Post, the sandwiches are son Steven's idea. He builds them and toasts them in a high-speed convection grill that cooks the sandwiches in under two minutes.

The evening menu will showcase small plates, 15 seasonally-rotating artisanal cheeses, cocktails and a liberal selection of craft beer and wine.

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