The Melting Pot (restaurant)

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The Melting Pot
Industry Restaurant
Founded April 1975 (1975-04)
Headquarters Tampa, Florida
United States
Number of locations
142 franchises (as of August 2009)
Area served
United States, Canada, Mexico
Services Casual dining, specializing in fondue

The Melting Pot is a chain of franchised fondue restaurants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Tampa, Florida based company had 142 locations as of August 2009, with 28 more locations under development. The Melting Pot menu contains various cheese fondues, wines, salads, entrees of meat and seafood served with dipping sauces and oil or broth to be cooked in, and chocolate fondues. It is part of Front Burner Brands.[1]

The Melting Pot restaurant in Tallahassee, Florida


The first Melting Pot opened in April 1975 in Maitland, Florida – a suburban city of the Orlando Metropolitan Area – and served only three items on its menu. With permission from the original owners, Mark, Mike and Bob Johnston opened The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979. As the restaurant expanded its franchise, the menu grew larger. In 1985, the Johnston brothers purchased all rights to the Melting Pot brand.

On June 1, 2008, the original location in Maitland closed.[2] The Company currently has one location open in Canada: in Edmonton, Alberta. Their Richmond Hill, Ontario location closed in March 2013.


The restaurants' interiors are designed using dark red and black colors. They are dimly lit; all seating is mostly in booths, with private booths away from the main room.


Its headquarters are located in Tampa, Florida.

Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue and Caesar salad


A complete meal features a cheese fondue, a salad, main course and a chocolate fondue for dessert. The four courses are offered individually or as a "4 Course Experience." The 4 Course Experience includes one of several preset entrees, one serving of cheese, one salad, and one serving of chocolate. Main courses are still fondues, but include more typical entrees of meat, poultry, pasta and seafood. The franchise also produces "special-occasion" packages for anniversaries, weddings and other events.[citation needed]


The company is criticized for its prices but praised for its food.[3] The price of its food, either per person or per portion, is acknowledged to be in a high range.[4] However, the franchise continues to draw customers, thus its success may be attributed to the unique dining experience of fondue and the overall quality of its food.[5]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ [dead link] "History of the Melting Pot". The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ "The Melting Pot - Restaurant Review". The Good Wine Guru. 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Melting Pot: Dip Into Confusing Dining". The Phoenix. 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Melting Pot: Awesome Dining Experience". 2000. Archived from the original on July 25, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 

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