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Wilmington’s Cargo District gets grilled cheese restaurant CheeseSmith

After a months-long wait, grilled cheese lovers will soon have a chance to get their Buffalo Baby back. That sandwich, and more, are on the menu as CheeseSmith completes the transition from food truck to restaurant.  

The grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, July 25 at 624 S. 17th St. In Wilmington’s Cargo District. 

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Owners Brendan and Molly Curnyn started the food truck three years ago, testing their concept of lavish grilled cheese sandwiches. They found their audience. The Buffalo Baby (with chicken, Havarti, ranch and a quick-pickled carrot slaw) was even featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” Cooking Channel series and is still a best seller. 

The Buffalo Baby features havarti cheese, pulled buffalo chicken, house made buttermilk ranch, quick pickled carrot and celery slaw at CheeseSmith in Wilmington, N.C., Friday, July 23, 2021. The held their soft opening at their new location in the Wilmington's Cargo District on Friday. The longtime Wilmington food truck was sold earlier this year in order to open up the new brick and mortar location. The grand opening will take place on Sunday.   [MATT BORN/STARNEWS]

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In the food truck, though, they were limited to four or five selections. Now, with a storefront they can expand. During a soft opening Friday, seven sandwiches were on the menu, as well as sides like beer cheese fries and sliced watermelon with flaky lime salt — and a couple of dessert options.