Fondue from The Melting Pot

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      Oct. 26, 2017

      Huffington Post - 'Melting Pot' of Partners Raise Millions for St. Jude, Pediatric Cancer Research 

      Sept. 15, 2017

      Inc. - 5 Top Execs Talk About Defining Workplace Culture: Part 1

      July 10, 2017

      Inc. - How a Teenage Dishwasher Became the CEO of The Melting Pot Fondue Empire

      June 28, 2017

      Florida Restaurant & Lodging - Path to Power: Bob Johnston Link opens a pdf document

      June 15, 2017

      The Wall Street Journal - Comfort Food and Comfortable Franchisees Link opens a pdf document

      April 30, 2017

      Fox & Friends - Restaurant Industry Job Fair on F&F Plaza Link opens a media file

      March 3, 2017

      Eater - The Past, Present, and Future of Melted Cheese

      Feb. 15, 2017

      DatingAdvice.com - An Interactive & Unique Date Spot: The Melting Pot Serves Savory & Sweet Fondue With a Side of Romance

      Jan. 26, 2017

      Nation's Restaurant News - Pastry Chefs Serve Chocolate Desserts With A Twist

      Sept 2, 2015

      Forbes - How Hugh Hefner's Favorite Restaurant Became a Surprise Hit With Millennial Customers

      Sept. 2, 2015

      HotelierMiddleEast.com - Fondue Concept The Melting Pot Launches in the GCC Link opens a pdf document

      July 1, 2015

      Taste of Home - BBQ Brisket Cheese Recipe Link opens a pdf document

      July 1, 2015

      Sugar Loco - Banana Split Chocolate Fondue Link opens a pdf document

      June 2, 2015

      The Daily Meal - Summertime Sipper Link opens a pdf document

      June 2015

      Facilitator Magazine - Everyday Celebrations Link opens a pdf document

      June 1, 2015

      Myrtle Beach Travel Guide - Top Places to Eat and Drink in Myrtle Beach

      April 30, 2015

      Florida State Homes - Melting Cheese and Hearts at The Melting Pot

      April 13, 2015

      Nation's Restaurant News - Consumer Picks 2015: The Melting Pot Finds Success With Menu Updates

      Feb. 13, 2015

      Tulsa World - The Melting Pot at Riverwalk Crossing continues to make a stir after 10 years Link opens a pdf document

      Feb. 5, 2015

      Nation's Restaurant News - The Melting Pot Tests Kitchen Entrees

      Dec. 18, 2014

      AL.com - Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant offers diners a truly unique, fun, tasty and interactive dining experience Link opens a pdf document

      Nov./Dec. 2014

      Cheers - The Melting Pot Celebrates Whiskey Women Link opens a pdf document

      Nov. 2014

      1to1 Media Customer Champions 2014: Melting Pot President Mike Lester Link opens a pdf document

      Oct. 2014

      FSR Magazine - Looking Global, Acting Local Link opens a pdf document

      Sept. 11, 2014

      Tallahassee Democrat - Melting Pot Celebrates 35 years of Tallahassee fondue Link opens a pdf document

      July 24, 2014

      Nation's Restaurant News - David Burke veteran joins The Melting Pot

      July 15, 2014

      Tampa Bay Business Journal - New executive chef at Melting Pot out to reinvent fondue Link opens a pdf document

      July 14, 2014

      FSR(Full Service Restaurant) - Melting Pot Hires NYC Chef to Lead Culinary Development Link opens a pdf document<

      July 11, 2014

      Fortune - The 8 wackiest franchise stores you could own Link opens a pdf document

      July 2, 2014

      Cheers - The Melting Pot Holding Cocktail Competition Link opens a pdf document

      July 2, 2014

      FSR(Full Service Restaurant) - The Ups and Downs of Development in Major Metro Areas Link opens a pdf document

      June 26, 2014

      Food & Beverage Magazine - Fondue 101: The Melting Pot Offers Lesson in Fondue Etiquette for Inexperienced Dippers Link opens a pdf document

      June 25, 2014

      NRN.com - The Melting Pot launches cocktail competition Link opens a pdf document

      April 2014

      Florida Restaurant and Lodging Magazine - Faces of Hospitality Link opens a pdf document

      April 2014

      Cabin Life Magazine - Fondue For You Link opens a pdf document

      March 21, 2014

      Examiner.com - Fondue frenzy, National Cheese Fondue Day at The Melting PotLink opens a pdf document

      March 18, 2014

      Food & Beverage Magazine - Free Cheese Fondue Returns to The Melting Pot This April Link opens a pdf document

      Feb. 13, 2014

      FoxNews.com - 14 sexy chocolate desserts for Valentine's Day Link opens a pdf document

      Jan. 1, 2014

      FSR.com - Social Reform Link opens a pdf document

      Jan. 1, 2014

      Restaurant Business - Consumer research 101 Link opens a pdf document

    • Facts
    • Corporate Principals

      Bob Johnston, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Front Burner Brands
      Mike Lester, President, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

      Founded

      1975 in Maitland, Fla.

      Company Description

      Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a unique fondue dining experience for more than 40 years. As the premier fondue restaurant franchise, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. has more than 105 restaurants in 31 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and The Middle East. Additionally, there are more than 17 international locations in development. Known for offering a choice of fondue cooking styles, including the new grill cooking style, and a variety of unique entrées, The Melting Pot's menu also features cheese fondues, salads, fine wines, and chocolate fondue desserts. Fondue fans can join The Melting Pot's Club Fondue for exclusive promotions, special events and advance holiday reservation privileges. The Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit www.meltingpot.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities with The Melting Pot, please visit www.meltingpotfranchise.com.

      Locations

      U.S.: The Melting Pot has 104 restaurants.

      Canada: There is one location open in Edmonton, Alberta.

      Mexico: There are three locations open in Mexico City and 17 in development.

      The Middle East: There is one unit open in Doha, Qatar.

      Menu

      The Melting Pot you have always loved just got better! Enjoy all of your favorite traditional fondues plus new, craveable, quicker menu options for brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner and on-the-go. Hand-crafted and artisanal cocktails featuring the finest ingredients… each is as unforgettable as our fondue experience.

      Website

      meltingpot.com

      Facebook

      facebook.com/themeltingpotrestaurants

      Twitter

      @TheMeltingPot

      Instagram

      @TheMeltingPotRestaurants

      Snapchat

      @meltingpot1975

      Corporate Headquarters

      The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.
      7886 Woodland Center Blvd. Tampa, FL 33614
      Toll Free: 800-783-0867
      Telephone: 813-881-0055
      Fax: 813-889-9361

      Media Contact

      Laura Mulhern
      Director of Public Relations

       

    • Timeline
    • Media Contact

      Laura Mulhern
      Director of Public Relations
      PR@meltingpot.com

      1975

      The Melting Pot opened its first location in Maitland, Fla., outside of Orlando. First restaurant had four tables and a limited menu consisting of cheese, beef and chocolate fondue.

      1976

      The Melting Pot opened second restaurant in Orlando.

      1979

      Johnston brothers opened The Melting Pot's first franchise location outside of the Orlando market in Tallahassee, Fla. Current sustained operations: 3

      1981

      Johnston brothers opened The Melting Pot franchise in Tampa, Fla.

      1984

      The Melting Pot franchise location opened in Gainesville, Fla.

      1985

      Johnston brothers purchased all rights to the restaurant chain and established The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. The next 10 years are marked by conservative growth as the newly formed franchise company assessed the short-term growth opportunities and long-term strategic growth plan. Johnston brothers opened company units in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Fla.

      1985-1995

      The Melting Pot opened 2-3 franchised restaurants per year. Slow, but steady growth.

      1995

      The Melting Pot launched aggressive efforts to educate, engage and train franchisees. By this time, 26 restaurants opened.

      1995-2001

      The Melting Pot opened 20 restaurants (averaging 3 to 5 per year).

      2001

      The Melting Pot opened 10 restaurants.

      2002

      The Melting Pot opened 10 restaurants.

      2003

      The Melting Pot opened 10 restaurants, total 66 opened restaurants.

      2004

      The Melting Pot opened 16 locations, total 85 stores opened.

      2005

      The Melting Pot turned 30 and celebrated opening its 100th location in Pasadena, Calif.

      2006

      Introduced 12 new locations and more than 30 signed and in development.

      2007

      The Melting Pot opened 19 locations and 42 were in development.

      2008

      The Melting Pot opened 15 locations and 26 were in development.

      2009

      The Melting Pot signed first international franchise agreement for Western Canada and introduced 7 new locations.

      2010

      The Melting Pot celebrated its 35th anniversary, opened its first international location in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and opened its first Mexico location in Mexico City.

      2015

      The Melting Pot celebrated its 40th anniversary, was recognized as the No. 1 casual dining restaurant in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2015 Consumer Picks report and opened its first locations outside of North America in Jakarta, Indonesia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

      2016

      The Melting Pot was recognized as the No. 2 casual dining restaurant in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2016 Consumer Picks report.

      2017

      The Melting Pot signed the largest franchise deal in its history to bring 17 units to Mexico.

      2018

      The Melting Pot introduces the evolution of its legacy brand – new design, new  day parts and new menu offerings in Red Bank, NJ and El Paso, TX.

    • History
    • History of The Melting Pot

      For over 40 years, The Melting Pot has defined the fondue experience niche across the American dining scene and now looks forward to continued domestic success as well as continued international expansion.

      The first Melting Pot opened in April of 1975 in Maitland, Fla., just outside of Orlando. It was a cozy, quaint location, and its first menu consisted of just three items: Swiss cheese fondue, beef fondue and a chocolate fondue dessert. However, as the restaurant’s popularity expanded, so did its menu and ambiance.

      Mark Johnston, who was working his way through college as a waiter at The Melting Pot, noticed the popularity boost and, with the help of his brothers Mike and Bob, scraped together funding to open The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979 (with the blessing of the original owners in Maitland... of course). The Tallahassee location grew enormously popular, and within one year, its success paved the way for future franchise expansion.

      In 1981, the Johnston brothers decided to branch out and opened their second location in Tampa. As their business grew, the brothers began to consider franchising even more stores in order to expand.

      Then in 1985, Mark, Mike and Bob Johnston purchased all rights to The Melting Pot brand and established The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the new franchise company. After a year of research and reorganization, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. began its franchise offering.

      From the start, the Johnston brothers were diligent in their search for energetic entrepreneurs who were as excited as they were about the concept and its potential. Their commitment to building a close knit fondue family proved successful.

      In 2010, The Melting Pot Restaurants celebrated its 35th anniversary, opened its first international location in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and opened its first Mexico location in Mexico City.

      As The Melting Pot celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015, it opened its first locations outside of North America in Jakarta, Indonesia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

      Today, with more than 110 locations across 33 U.S states, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, and more than 17 locations in development internationally, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. is the premier fondue restaurant. A leading polished casual dining franchise, The Melting Pot was recognized as the No. 1 casual dining restaurant in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2015 Consumer Picks report and No. 2 in 2016.

      In 2018, the 43-year old brand announced its evolution – a new design, new day parts and new menu offerings in Red Bank, NJ and El Paso, TX.

      At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable dining experience where guests can discover all the ingredients for an unforgettable culinary adventure including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue courses.

      The Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner Brands, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla.

       

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