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    Best In Glass*

    Best In Glass Group

    Best In Glass

    Best In Glass - The Melting Pot Mule

    The Melting Pot Mule

    Best In Glass - The Bee's Tea

    The Bee's Tea

    Best In Glass - Old Fashioned: Modern and Classic

    Old Fashioned: Modern and Classic

    Best In Glass - Authentic Mai Tai

    Authentic Mai Tai

    Best In Glass - Freshly Picked Margarita

    Freshly Picked Margarita

    Best In Glass - Gin and Tonic

    Bee's Tea

    Core Beverages*

    Core Beverages - Beer

    Beer

    Core Beverages - Blackberry Sage Lemonade

    Blackberry Sage Lemonade

    Core Beverages - Love Martini

    Love Martini

    Core Beverages - Sam Adams Beer

    Sam Adams Beer

    Core Beverages - Sunshine Sangria

    Sunshine Sangria

    Core Beverages - Red and White Wine

    Red and White Wine

    Core Beverages - Red Wine

    Red Wine

    Core Beverages - White Wine

    White Wine

    Fondue Offerings*

    Cheese and Chocolate Fondue

    Cheese and Chocolate Fondue

    Cheese Fondue*

    Spinach Artichoke

    Spinach Artichoke

    Loaded Baked Potato Cheddar

    Loaded Baked Potato Cheddar (Location Favorite)

    Wisconsin Cheddar Pretzel Bread

    Wisconsin Cheddar Pretzel Bread

    Wisconsin Cheddar

    Wisconsin Cheddar

    Craft Your Own Wisconsin Cheddar

    Craft Your Own Wisconsin Cheddar

    Classic Alpine

    Classic Alpine

    Chocolate Fondue*

    Flaming Turtle

    Flaming Turtle

    Bananas Foster

    Bananas Foster (Location Favorite)

    Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

    Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

    Dessert Dippers

    Dessert Dippers

    Dark & Dulce

    Dark & Dulce (Location Favorite)

    Pure Chocolate

    Pure Chocolate

    Yin & Yang

    Yin & Yang

    Entrée*

    Classic Entree

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    Shrimp & Sauces

    Shrimp & Sauces

    Cold-Water Lobster

    Cold-Water Lobster

    Steak Lovers

    Steak Lovers

    Shrimp Entree

    Shrimp Entree

    Good Earth Vegetarian

    Good Earth Vegetarian

    Salad*

    Caesar Salad

    Caesar

    California Salad

    California

    House Salad

    House

    Strawberry Almond (Location Favorite)

    Strawberry Almond (Location Favorite)

    Girls' Night Out*

    Girl's NIght Out 1

    Girls' Night Out 1

    Girls' Night Out 2

    Girls' Night Out 2

    Romance*

    Romance 1

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    Romance 2

    Romance 3

    Romance 3

    Family*

    Family 1

    Family 1

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    Family 2

    Family 3

    Family 3

    Double Date*

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    Friends*

    Friends 1

    Friends 1

    Friends 2

    Friends 2

    Friends 3

    Friends 3

    Retail Products and Celebration Packages*

    Six Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

    Six Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

    The Melting Pot Cookbook

    The Melting Pot-Fondue Cookbook

    Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry

    Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

    Milk Chocolate Covered Strawberry

    Milk Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

    White Chocolate Covered Strawberry

    White Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

    Balloons

    Balloons

    Framed Picture

    Framed Picture

    Chocolate Fondue Wafers

    Chocolate Fondue Wafers

    Balloons & Gifts

    Balloons & Gifts

    Fondue Pot & Petals

    Fondue Pot & Petals

    Location Images*

    Arrowhead, Arizona

    Arrowhead, AZ

    San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

    San Diego - Gaslamp, CA

    Scottsdale, Arizona

    Scottsdale, AZ

    Warrington, Pennsylvania

    Warrington, PA

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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 over 40 years. As the premier fondue restaurant franchise, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. has more than 110 restaurants in 33 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and The Middle East, and more than 17 international locations in development.  Known for offering a choice of fondue cooking styles 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.

      Locations

      U.S.: The Melting Pot has 108 restaurants.
      Canada: There is one location open in Edmonton, Alberta.
      Mexico: There are three locations open in Mexico City.
      The Middle East: There is one unit open in Doha, Qatar. 

      Menu

      Guests can enjoy a choice of five cooking styles, including our new grill cooking style, and a variety of entrees combined with signature dipping sauces. The menu also includes award-winning cheese fondues, fresh salads, premium meat and seafood, fine wines, Best in Glass™ handcrafted cocktails and decadent chocolate fondue. 

      Website

      meltingpot.com

      Facebook

      facebook.com/themeltingpotrestaurants

      Twitter

      @TheMeltingPot

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      @TheMeltingPotRestaurants

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      @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
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      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.

      The Melting Pot offers guests a new cooking style and enhanced fondue experience featuring tabletop cast-iron grilling.

       

    • 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, signed a seven-unit deal in Mexico 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.

      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.

    • Awards
    • Awards for The Melting Pot

      Nation's Restaurant News 2015 Consumer Picks: No. 1 Casual Dining Restaurant

      OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards: Numerous Melting Pot restaurant locations are regularly recognized with Diner's Choice Awards and voted to the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America list by OpenTable Diners. 

      One of FSR Magazine's 2014 Top Franchise Values

      Ranked the No. 4 casual dining chain in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2013 Consumer Picks Survey. The Melting Pot also ranked third in the varied menu category and topped the rankings in four attribute categories – cleanliness, service, atmosphere and craveability.

      Franchise Business Review 2010 Award – The Franchisee Satisfaction 2010 Award

      Ernst & Young 2008 Florida Entrepreneur of the Year. Mark Johnston, Mike Johnston and Bob Johnston were recognized as overall winners for retail and consumer products for Florida, qualifying them for the national competition.

      Small Business of the Year for 2008. The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce selected The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. as the overall winner of this award based on the company’s history, philosophy, business management, operational management, innovation, response to adversity and economic conditions, leadership and community contributions.

      Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 2008 Hospitality Hall of Fame induction as “Restaurateur of the Year.” Bob Johnston was recognized with this honor as an influential leader in Florida’s hospitality industry.

      Franchise Times ranking as one of the top 200 franchise chains in 2008. The Melting Pot earned this spot with nationwide sales of $220 million.

      Secret Service Systems award for 2008. The DiJulius Group, a customer service consulting organization, presented this award to The Melting Pot for developing the best service system including ideas, training, implementation, execution and the personalization of each customer’s experience.

      Mayor’s award for charitable contributions in 2008. The Melting Pot received this honor for the second consecutive year after receiving the highest marks of all Tampa applicants for community involvement.

      “2008 Best Signature Drink of a National Chain Restaurant” – Yin & Yang martini for Cheers Magazine

      Wine Spectator Magazine annual wine list awards

      Top 400 Restaurant Chains, ranked No. 168 (Restaurants & Institutions, 2007)

      The Mayor’s Award for Excellence (2007)

      National Corporate Sponsor of the Year – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (2005)

      Ten Best Restaurants for Families (Child Magazine, 2004)

      2004 Top 50 Growth Chains (Restaurant Business)

      Top Franchise (Entrepreneur, since 2000)

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