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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Apr. 17, 201905:20 AM EST

The Happy Grilled Cheese adding second location

Restaurant intends to lease in Mandarin.

The Happy Grilled Cheese intends to open a second storefront.

Beginning as a food truck and opening its first brick-and-mortar restaurant Downtown, The Happy Grilled Cheese intends to lease in Mandarin at 9965 San Jose Blvd. in the Merchants Walk shopping center.

Director of Operations Brittny Lowrey said there is no specific opening date.

The Happy Grilled Cheese food truck operates around town. Its schedule is on Facebook.

The food truck concept launched by owner Anthony Hashem is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday Downtown at 219 N. Hogan St.

The food truck continues to operate and its schedule is on its Facebook page.

Merchants Walk landlord Hakimian Holdings said The Happy Grilled Cheese will take the 1,200-square-foot space formerly occupied by Blue Pacific Tacos.

Hashem registered The Happy Grilled Cheese LLC with the state in 2012. Lowrey said there have been requests for the restaurant to open in a residential area. “It was a natural next progression,” she said.

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