The Melting Pot of Durham

Owners and operators Dan & Katherine Richardson with Lexi and Ty

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 will admit that I complained for the entire thirty minute drive to the restaurant that first night. I had no idea what fondue was but I was convinced I would not like it. 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. 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. Before becoming the "brains" of the Durham Melting Pot, my wife owned an interior plantscaping company with a retail location as well. Her company was responsible for designing and installing the interior plantscape at various hotels, business offices and one of Tucson's best malls.

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, and when we opened our doors on February 7th, 2007, Ty and Lexi, were six months old. In the early days they could be found sleeping in the office while Katherine and I were working. They no longer sleep in the office, but they do work in the restaurant on holidays like New Years Eve and Valentines Day. During the winter they 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 truly love operating our Melting Pot and being a part of so many of our guest's special occasions.  We take our obligation to provide an exceptional dining experience very seriously and when we fail to deliver on our obligation we will always make it right- Guaranteed. I encourage you to call me directly on my cell phone, 919-810-8410, if you ever have a problem at our restaurant. If you prefer you can email me directly at

Please share your experience at our restaurant on Trip Advisor or Yelp, as our guest's reviews allow us to continue to grow our business. Follow us on Facebook and join "Club Fondue" on our web page to receive special promotions or win some free fondue.  

Thank You

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


See what people are saying about us!



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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