First Bites

Ms. Cheezious Grand Opening: S'mores, Mackin' Melt, and Frito Pie Grilled Cheese (Photos)

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Brian Mullins, Fatima Mullins, and M. Christian Dickens are the powerhouse behind Ms. Cheezious, and they now have a place not only they can call home, but also where patrons can feel right at home. Last night, a family shared a plethora of grilled cheese sandwiches while playing Connect Four. "I'm still trying to find the original Simon," Dickens says of his board game collection, which includes Go Fish, Jenga, Scrabble, and the original Uno. "Earlier today, we had a guy bring his mom with cancer. It was so touching because she doesn't want to leave the house but chose this as her one outing. Those are the moments that make this all worth it."

Brian Mullins caught in action.

Dickens' charisma and way with words was evidenced at Friday night's grilled cheese party when he, along with Brian, thanked the crowd for their support since the beginning. "Now you have a place to find us," Mullins said. Dickens added after stealing the mike: "I just have one more thing to say. I'd like to thank the Townes family, who donated the 100-year-old barn that you see the wood from inside."

All in all, it was a night of revelry. Artist DELVS (who's also Fatima's sister) was on hand painting a genie-looking Buddha.

Many guests also took pictures with her work inside -- the profile of Ms. Cheezious herself.

Memories of the evening were captured by a photo booth with props bearing clever phrases such as "say queso" and "cheesy love."

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.