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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 my wife owned an interior plantscaping business. 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. The kids no longer sleep in the office, but you will see them helping out in the restaurant on holidays and they even shovel snow in the winter. 

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)


Located near the Southpoint Mall in southern Durham, The Melting Pot is the destination for a fun night on the town, a special group celebration, a romantic date night, or a just because dinner. From the moment you enter our gourmet fondue restaurant and smell the aroma of bubbling pots of cheese and chocolate, you’ll know you made the right choice for dinner. Choose from 1, 2, 3, or more courses and turn moments into memories as you dip fresh fruits, artisan breads, and more into a pot of steaming fondue.

Your fondue experience starts as our friendly servers blend cheeses tableside and lay out a spread of artisan breads and other dippers for you to enjoy. If you opt for the full 4-Course Experience, we then deliver freshly prepared salads with signature dressings, followed by savory entrées that you prepare with your choice of cooking style and seasoning. Be sure to save room for our decadent chocolate fondue dessert!

Reserve a spot at our tables and enjoy gourmet fondue with friends.

Durham, NC

919-869-2728 FAX


7011 Fayetteville Rd Ste 101
Durham, North Carolina 27713

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Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri: 5PM-10PM
Sat: 12PM-10PM
Sun: 12PM-9PM

We will open for lunch for parties of eight or more on weekdays.







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