The Melting Pot of Durham


We are a locally owned franchise, meet our family!!

My wife Katherine and I moved to Durham in 2006 to begin construction on "our" Melting Pot. We first found the Melting Pot while we were living in Tucson, Arizona. I should say my wife found it, because I complained that I did not want to eat fondue for the entire thirty minute drive from our home to the restaurant on that first night. I had no idea what fondue was but I was convinced that I was not going to like it, I think mainly because I am a man. Most of us men have perfected not liking those things which we know nothing about-right ladies?. We both ended up falling in love with the concept that first night and for the next five years it was our favorite place to eat. It seems like we invited everyone we knew to eat with us at the Melting Pot at some point. 

Prior to chasing our dream to Durham, I was a Probation Officer and supervised the felony child abuse case load in Tucson. I also worked in the family dry cleaning business for eight years, so if you spill on yourself while you are at the restaurant I can come to your aid. Before becoming the "brains" of the Durham Melting Pot my wife owned an interior plantscaping business with a retail location as well. Her company was responsible for keeping the plants looking great at the mall and various hotels.

Two months after we signed our franchise agreement in 2005, we found out that we were having twins. Katherine was six months pregnant when we made the cross country drive to Durham. When we opened our doors on February 7th, 2007, our twins Ty and Lexi were six months old. In the early days they could often be found sleeping in the office while Katherine and I were working. The two of them have spent many a Christmas Eve at the Melting Pot opening one gift each while they visited 'daddy". Ty and Lexi no longer can be found sleeping in the office but they do celebrate New Years Eve every year at the restaurant. During the winter when it snows they both volunteer to shovel snow from the sidewalk, although this year I have a feeling that it is going to "cost us". 

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us. Katherine and I value feedback from our guests and encourage you to call or email us. My personal cell phone is 919-810-8410 and our email is Follow us on Facebook and join "Club Fondue" on our web page to receive special promotions or win some free fondue. We very much appreciate it when our guests are able to leave reviews of their experience on Trip Advisor or Yelp. 

Thank You

The Richardson Family (Dan, Katherine, Lexi and Ty)


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If you are looking for one of the best restaurants in Durham to have a fun night on the town, look no further than the fondue dining experience of The Melting Pot. Start your evening off with any of our mouth-watering cheese fondues prepared table side to the delight of your fellow dining companions. Our restaurant has something to fit everyone’s taste preferences, including Seafood, steak and vegetarian entrees as well as an assortment of chocolate fondue. Many guests say we offer the best chocolate dessert in the area. The Melting Pot is also proud to offer a gluten free menu created in partnership with the Gluten Intolerance Group.

 The fondue dining experience makes the Melting Pot one of the best restaurants in Durham. Come see why we are considered one of Durham's most romantic restaurants. Our private curtained booths offer the finest intimate dining in all of Chapel Hill, Durham and the entire Triangle. The Durham Melting Pot is more than just a romantic restaurant. We have private dining rooms that hold 22-58 people for Christmas parties, holiday parties and Ladies' Night events. We are considered a perfect restaurant for birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and rehearsal dinners.

The Melting Pot of Durham is located near the Southpoint Mall and is one of the most fun and interactive restaurants in the Southern Durham and Southpoint area. We are located in the Best Buy shopping center at Fayetteville Road and Interstate 40, right near the Hilton Garden Inn hotel and directly in front of Old Navy and Babies R Us. We have been serving fondue to the residents of Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and the Triangle for over 7 years. The Durham Melting Pot serves guests who join us from Carrboro, Hillsborough, Mebane, Apex, Holly Springs and Burlington. 

Each Melting Pot restaurant is individually owned and operated. My wife and I live locally and work in the restaurant on a daily basis. Please contact me on my personal cell phone, 919-810-8410, or email me directly at if you have any questions or feedback. 

Thank You

Dan Richardson


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