The menu is filled with food that Oleson grew up loving. “The turnouts been really good, and I think as we get a name for ourselves further in the community that it will just get better,” Oleson said. “It has been a blessing to see repeat customers. They come in, and they like to try something new every time.”
“Then also my son loves mac and cheese, and it is kind of a universal staple of comfort food,” Oleson said. “It’s something that most people have loved or still do. It was something I felt like was good to base a whole menu around.” “First, I want to perfect the concept here in LaGrange where I am from and then if there are opportunities to open in another location somewhere in Auburn or Columbus I would love to do that,” Oleson said. “We have a lot to figure out before we expand.”
CheesyMac is the first of its kind in LaGrange, but Oleson plans and hopes to multiply in years to come. The CheesyMac menu includes 14 sandwiches, six CheesyMac bowls, six salads and specials like having half a sandwich and some CheesyMac. The menu includes catchy names, such as The Marquis, named after Marquis de Lafayette.
“Being able to take what I love and give it to the community is something I look forward to,” Oleson said. Oleson said sandwiches were next on the list for some of his favorite foods.
Others are “The Dad Joke” — the cheesiest grilled cheese — “That’s No Buffalo,” and “90 Miles South” among many others. The sandwich is CheesyMac’s take on a classic French dip with roast beef and swiss on a hoagie.
“I came up with CheesyMac after a lot of sleepless nights,” Oleson said. “My wife would wake up at two in the morning and see me on my phone and a notepad every night creating ideas. Every time I got an idea, I just had to write it down.” Before Oleson was creating cheesy recipes, he was selling gourmet pops and is excited to have a food that is good year-round. CheesyMac bowls include the “10 Gallon Hat” — a mixture of pulled pork, pickled red onions, pickles and BBQ sauce, “Bacon Love” — cheddar and lots of bacon, and “The Barnyard” — chicken, bacon, pickled red onions and ranch.
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