AJ’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese Shop, a family owned restaurant in Bay Shore, serving speciality Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. The employees consists of more than just the immediate family, but distant cousins and other relatives. Each family member brings something else to the table, but shares a common goal, making customers feel like part of the family. The youngest member of the Leis family, Brianna, plays a key role in the Restaurants success. Brianna helps her family in every possible way that she could while attending East Islip High School. The creator of the restaurant, Brianna’s Brother, Anthony Leis shared “Brianna is one of the hardest workers. She makes AJ’s a priority and every employee could tell she’s always happy to be here.”Brianna Leis is a full time employee at her family’s restaurant. Brianna works between 30-40 hours a week while continuing to maintain good grades in High School. Briannas oldest brother, Anthony Joseph Leis Jr, came up with the idea to open a Grilled Cheese shop. “Growing up our family always ate grilled cheese. We wanted to open a restaurant that had food we enjoyed eating but was also unique.” Brianna focuses on customer satisfaction, and informs customers on each of their speciality meals. Not only Brianna, but the whole Leis family, creates an environment where customers feel like they could be apart of this families experience. Customers have the opportunity to mix and match different toppings to create their own idea of the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. “I think its great knowing that customers get excited to make their own sandwich creation. This makes it more fun for everyone.”“I love working with my family because we all want the best for the restaurant.” Brianna said while making a speciality hand spun Vanilla Bean Milkshake. Brianna doesn’t only control the customer experience, but also makes sure the kitchen and kitchen staff is running properly.
“My favorite part about working in a restaurant is the satisfaction I get from making a perfect sandwich.” The love and creativity that is put into these sandwiches represents the kind of people creating this wonderful dining experience. Brianna plans on continuing working with her family after graduating High School in June of 2017. A.Js Gourmet Grilled Cheese Shop opened in February 2015 and since then has been featured on News 12, and other local news papers. Brianna Leis favorite sandwich is the “Mac N Cheese Melt,” which she recommends to new customers. Brianna’s family is grateful for all the shifts that she covers, and the extra work she puts into making AJ’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese Shop a success.