Capitol Melts serves up 12 hours of grilled cheese for a good cause

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Capitol Melts in Downtown Albany is holding a Melt-A-Thon Wednesday, featuring 12 hours of grilled cheese for a good cause.

Wednesday is National Grilled Cheese day, and what better way to celebrate than to eat some classic comfort food and raise money and awareness for a great cause.

Capitol Melts will donate $1 from every melt purchase to the La Salle School in Albany and match the total donated from customers at the counter.

“it’s comfort food, there’s no question about it,” says Bob Haggerty, who owns Capitol Melts. “I think we can all remember growing up and having our mothers and grandmothers make us a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of soup.”

Haggerty first had the idea five years ago. He wanted to open his own restaurant that specializes in the iconic cheesy sandwich.

Capitol Melts, located on State Street in Albany, will celebrate it’s second year in business.

“It’s very satisfying for me to look out and see people enjoying their lunches and to have people come back time and time again,” says Haggerty.

But Haggerty isn’t serving up your grandma’s grilled cheese. Sure, the classic bread and cheese is on the menu, but there’s also so much more.

Customers can order red pepper pesto, wingless buffalo, and bacon cheeseburger. No matter the flavor, the cheese always takes the spotlight.

“The bacon cheeseburger isn’t a cheeseburger with a piece of cheese on it,” says Haggerty, “It’s actually a mixture of cheeses, spices, group beef, and bacon.”

The La Salle School is a multi-faceted agency that provides programs for youth and families in crisis, including specialized residential placement, day service education, and alternative detention services.

Haggerty says food and charity go hand in hand.

“I think if you are going to be a part of a community, then you need to be a real part of that community,” he says.

Five years ago it was just a dream. Today, it’s a reality. Nothing cheesy about that.

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