Fondue from The Melting Pot

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  • In the News

    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

    July 1, 2015
    Taste of Home - BBQ Brisket Cheese Recipe

    July 1, 2015
    Sugar Loco - Banana Split Chocolate Fondue

    June 2, 2015
    The Daily Meal - Summertime Sipper

    June 2015
    Facilitator Magazine - Everyday Celebrations

    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

    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

    Nov./Dec. 2014
    Cheers - The Melting Pot Celebrates Whiskey Women

    Nov. 2014
    1to1 Media Customer Champions 2014: Melting Pot President Mike Lester

    Oct. 2014
    FSR Magazine - Looking Global, Acting Local

    Sept. 11, 2014
    Tallahassee Democrat - Melting Pot Celebrates 35 years of Tallahassee fondue

    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

    July 14, 2014
    FSR(Full Service Restaurant) - Melting Pot Hires NYC Chef to Lead Culinary Development

    July 11, 2014
    Fortune - The 8 wackiest franchise stores you could own

    July 2, 2014
    Cheers - The Melting Pot Holding Cocktail Competition

    July 2, 2014
    FSR(Full Service Restaurant) - The Ups and Downs of Development in Major Metro Areas

    June 26, 2014
    Food & Beverage Magazine - Fondue 101: The Melting Pot Offers Lesson in Fondue Etiquette for Inexperienced Dippers

    June 25, 2014
    NRN.com - The Melting Pot launches cocktail competition

    April 2014
    Florida Restaurant and Lodging Magazine - Faces of Hospitality

    April 2014
    Cabin Life Magazine - Fondue For You

    March 21, 2014 
    Examiner.com - Fondue frenzy, National Cheese Fondue Day at The Melting Pot

    March 18, 2014
    Food & Beverage Magazine - Free Cheese Fondue Returns to The Melting Pot This April

    Feb. 13, 2014 
    FoxNews.com - 14 sexy chocolate desserts for Valentine's Day

    Jan. 1, 2014
    FSR.com - Social Reform

    Jan. 1, 2014
    Restaurant Business - Consumer research 101

  • 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.

    Mission Statement

    To create the Perfect Night Out for our guests by bringing each of these four key ingredients to the table: Happy Team Members, Genuine Hospitality, Immaculate, Inviting Surroundings and Exceptional Food and Beverage.

    Company Description

    Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a unique fondue dining experience for 40 years. As the premier fondue restaurant franchise, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. has more than 120 restaurants in 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates, and more than 15 international locations in development. 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. 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 Brands, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. 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 120 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 Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Five units are in development in Saudi Arabia and seven additional units are planned for development across five Gulf Coast Countries.

    Menu

    Guests enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue-cooking styles and a variety of entrees combined with signature dipping sauces. The menu also includes creamy cheese fondues, fresh salads, fine wines and decadent chocolate fondue desserts.

    Price Point

    Fondue courses start as low as $7.95 per person.
    Salad prices start as low as $4.95 per person.

    Website

    meltingpot.com

    Facebook

    facebook.com/themeltingpotrestaurants

    Twitter

    @TheMeltingPot

    Instagram

    @TheMeltingPotRestaurants

    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

  • Press Releases
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      The Melting Pot Logo (Please review the Logo Standards)

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      Fondue Offerings*

      Four-Course Dining Experience at The Melting Pot

      Four-Course Experience

      Cheese Fondue*

      Broccoli and Cheese fondue at The Melting Pot

      Broccoli

      The Melting Pot Cheese Fondue

      Cheddar 1

      Cheese Fondue Pot at The Melting Pot

      Cheddar 2

      Cheesey Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Cheddar 3

      Summer Sausage Dipper Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Summer Sausage Dipper

      Bread Dipper Bowl at The Melting Pot

      Bread Dipper Bowl

      Bread Loaves at The Melting Pot

      Bread Loaves

      Classic Alpine Fondue Dinner at The Melting Pot

      Classic Alpine

      Chocolate Fondue*

      Blondie in Chocolate Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Blondie in Chocolate

      Brownie Dipper Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Brownie Dipper

      Gluten Free Fruit Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Gluten-Free Dippers

      Dessert Dipper Plate at The Melting Pot

      Dessert Dipper Plate 1

      Marshmallow and Chocolate Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Marshmallow in Chocolate

      Strawberry and Chocolate Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Strawberry in Chocolate 1

      Strawberry Dessert Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Strawberry in Chocolate 2

      Dessert Dipper Plate at The Melting Pot Restaurant

      Dessert Dipper Plate 2

      Yin & Yang Dessert Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Yin & Yang

      Flaming Turtle Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Flaming Turtle

      S'mores Fondue at The Melting Pot

      S'mores

      Entrée*

      All Natural Chicken Breast at The Melting Pot

      All-natural Breast of Chicken

      Entree Dipping Sauces at The Melting Pot

      Dipping Sauces

      Lobster Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Lobster

      Seasoned Choice Angus Sirloin at The Melting Pot

      Seasoned Choice Angus Sirloin

      Dinner Shrimp Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Shrimp

      Fondue by You Lobster at The Melting Pot

      Fondue By You Lobster

      Good Earth Vegetarian Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Good Earth Vegetarian

      Salad*

      Caesar Salad at The Melting Pot

      Caesar

      California Salad at The Melting Pot

      California

      House Salad Entree at The Melting Pot

      House

      Girls' Night Out*

      Girl's NIght Out at The Melting Pot

      Girls' Night Out 1

      Three Women Enjoying Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Girls' Night Out 2

      Romance*

      Romantic Dinner at The Melting Pot Restaurant

      Romance 1

      Couple Enjoying Dinner at The Melting Pot

      Romance 2

      Fine Dining at The Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant

      Romance 3

      Family*

      Family Dining at The Melting Pot

      Family 1

      Family Dinner at The Melting Pot

      Family 2

      Dad and Daughter Share Fondue at The Melting Pot

      Family 3

      Double Date*

      Double Date Night at The Melting Pot

      Double Date 1

      The Melting Pot Double Date Dinner Night

      Double Date 2

      Friends*

      Friends Dining at The Melting Pot

      Friends 1

      Friends casually enjoying chocolate at The Melting Pot

      Friends 2

      Friends casually enjoying cheese at The Melting Pot

      Friends 3

      Retail Products and Celebration Packages*

      Cookbook, Dressings & Seasonings at The Melting Pot

      Cookbook, Dressings & Seasonings

      Dressings & Seasonings from The Melting Pot Restaurants

      Dressings & Seasoning

      Six Chocolate Covered Strawberries at The Melting Pot

      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

      The Melting Pot Balloons

      Balloons

      Framed Picture from The Melting Pot

      Frame

      The Melting Pot Chocolate Fondue Wafers

      Chocolate Fondue Wafers

      The Melting Pot Balloons & Gifts

      Balloons & Gifts

      The Melting Pot Fondue Pot and Rose Pedals

      Fondue Pot & Petals

      Location Images*

      The Melting Pot Restaurant in Arrowhead, Arizona

      Arrowhead, AZ

      The Melting Pot Restaurant in San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

      San Diego - Gaslamp, CA

      The Melting Pot Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona

      Scottsdale, AZ

      The Melting Pot Restaurant in Warrington, Pennsylvania

      Warrington, PA

       

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    • 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, signed a seven-unit deal in Mexico and opened its first Mexico location in Mexico City.

      2011

      The Melting Pot continued international expansion opening its second location in Mexico City and signing a five-unit franchise deal for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

      2012

      The Melting Pot signed the largest franchise deal in its history to bring 12 units to eight countries in the Middle East. The company continued international expansion by signing a five-unit franchise deal for Indonesia and opening a third location in Mexico City.

      2013

      The Melting Pot unveiled a new menu and pricing strategy to give guests the opportunity to control and customize their fondue dining experiences with more flexibility and variety than ever before.

      2014

      The Melting Pot opened a location in Mobile, Ala. 

      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.

    • History
    • History of The Melting Pot

      For nearly 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 125 locations across 35 U.S states, Canada, Mexico, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and more than 15 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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