Monday, July 10, 2017 -
What's been a memorable dining experience for you? Mine came about two years ago when I discovered The Melting Pot -- a restaurant offering entire meals revolving around several delicious fondue cooking styles. (You can salivate like one of Pavlov's dogs by watching this captivating visual tour)
The customer experience was also top shelf. Tables came with flat-top burners for the fondue pots, and we got a communal, romantic (it was a double date), and interactive dining experience as we prepared, cooked (well, boiled, really) and ate right at our table.
While I'll leave a far more deserving food review to the real foodie critics, what is equally deserving for the rest of this piece is recognizing the man behind The Pot.
Thursday, June 15, 2017 -
In a foodie culture dominated by quinoa, nitrogen-infused desserts and five-minute pizzas, it's pot roast, cinnamon bread and homemade tomato soup that still provide comfort to consumers and to the restaurant franchisees who serve them.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 -
Friday, April 28, 2017 -
As its franchisees age, this 40-year old brand is creating an ownership path for employees. Mentorship, operations training and finance assistance are all in the mix, creating a rich stew of opportunity.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 -
Kim and Hollis Silva, previously employees at The Melting Pot, are now the owners of the downtown fondue restaurant, and the first franchisees with the Tampa, Fla.-based chain to take advantage of company’s new Path to Grow financing program.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 -
A polished, interactive experience built around multi-course fondue meals
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A polished, interactive experience built around multi-course fondue meals
Friday, May 20, 2016 -
The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, today announced the brand was recognized as the No. 2 casual dining restaurant in Nation's Restaurant News' 2016 Consumer Picks Report.
Monday, May 9, 2016 -
With the rampant popularity of fast casual eateries like Chipotle, America’s casual sit down restaurants have suffered. Yet all is not lost for the country’s Applebees and Red Lobsters. After several years of declining sales, Olive Garden posted its best quarterly performance in recent months, with same-store sales rising 6.8 percent during the first three months of 2016.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 -
When you think about restaurant franchises, you might picture greasy burgers and drive-thrus. But those aren’t the only options out there for those interested in owning their own restaurant franchises. In fact, the ADP National Franchise Report for January 2016 indicated restaurants are showing the highest growth in the franchise industry. Below are unique restaurant franchises for all the would-be foodie business owners out there.
Friday, January 15, 2016 -
Mike Lester remembers his first experience in a Melting Pot restaurant.He was on a date night withhis wife several years back. He recalls walking through the restaurant and seeing an office partyof around 35 people in a private dining room with “dial-on-the-fun” meter turned up to 10.There were other people on a date night and parents with their kids – young and old.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - June 18, 2015 -
Accelerating its expansion effort in Anchorage, Alaska by offering a significant discount on its initial franchise fee. In honor of its 40th anniversary, The Melting Pot will offer new franchisees who sign a franchise agreement to develop one or more restaurants a 40 percent discount off the initial franchise fee for their first restaurant – an $18,000 savings. The development incentive will be available through the end of the year.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - June 9, 2015 -
The Melting Pot is seeking a new franchisee, which could take the fondue restaurant out of
Monday, June 1, 2015 - June/July 2015 -
With plans to further spread this business of dip-able cheese and chocolate, The Melting Pot is expanding beyond the confines of North America and into the Middle East and Indonesia—popular destinations for American brands, but challenging lands for franchised restaurants.
For life’s celebrations—big and small—many people choose to gather at
The Melting Pot for its unique dining experience and distinctive ambiance.
There’s something special about fondue. It’s a fun experience that engages
everyone at the table, and at The Melting Pot, there’s something on the menu
to satisfy everyone’s tastes.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - May 27, 2015 -
Front Burner Brands has promoted from within to fill a newly created position on the executive team.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - April 29, 2015 -
The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc.is launching a new financing program for qualified restaurant operators who sign a new franchise agreement to purchase an existing Melting Pot location in select markets across the country.
Friday, April 17, 2015 - April 17, 2015 -
Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant Offers New Franchisees 40 Percent Discount on Franchise Fee. The brand plans to enter Hartford for the first time with the development of a new location. The Melting Pot currently has one Connecticut restaurant in Darien, which opened in 2005. Hartford is one of two open markets available in Connecticut, with the other opportunity being the Greater New Haven market.
Monday, April 13, 2015 -
That connection is driven only by people. While Consumer Picks measures percentages, people are the real X factor. Each winning brand in this survey — In-N-Out, The Melting Pot, First Watch and Ruth’s Chris, which are pro!led on pages 12 through 34 — talk about the importance of people working each day and each shift to bring to life the chain’s food, atmosphere and experience. Most brands that score well with consumers understand that today’s guests want something deeper, and most brands that score poorly have relied too long on a promise of food, speed and consistency alone. That is no longer enough.
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - April 2 2015 -
In a news release, the corporation announced that a franchise agreement has been signed with Denver restaurant owner Allen Hurst, who plans to open a Melting Pot in Little Rock by early 2016.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 -
“We’re excited to further expand our national presence with the signing of our first franchise agreement in Arkansas,” said Dan Stone, VP of franchise development for Front Burner Brands. “We look forward to working with our new franchise partner to introduce Little Rock residents to our one-of-a-kind, polished casual dining experience.”
Monday, March 23, 2015 -
The Melting Pot is on track to open its first restaurants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia later in 2015, as well as its fourth location in Mexico City, Mexico.
The Jakarta restaurant is one of five restaurants to be built in Indonesia by Ramon Liando. The second restaurant is also slated to open in Jakarta by 2016.
The Melting Pot announced its first restaurant outside of North America has opened in Jakarta, Indonesia. The latest opening comes on the heels of the company announcing its plans for continued international expansion.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 -
Franchising’s high-achieving, multi-unit franchisees share views on key topics.
QUESTION: What tips would you recommend to fellow multi-unit franchisees on preparing for the 2015 tax season?
Mark Rosenthal and his partners operate nine Melting Pot restaurants in Houston, Nashville and Phoenix.
Monday, February 23, 2015 -
Available through the end of the year, new and existing franchisees who sign either a domestic or international franchise agreement will receive 40 percent off the initial franchise fee for their first restaurant. This is an $18,000 savings on the domestic and Canadian fee of $45,000.
Monday, February 2, 2015 -
Fon-Done menu items aim to increase visit frequency. Fondue concept The Melting Pot is experimenting with entrées prepared in the kitchen in a move that company officials hope will convince customers to visit more frequently.
Fondue restaurant company The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. is looking to dip further into North Texas with two new locations.
Monday, January 26, 2015 -
Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant Focuses on Operational Excellence and an Enhanced Dining Experience as it Celebrates 40 Years in BusinessThe Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today key achievements in its strategic growth plan, including operational and menu enhancements to build on its strong fondue foundation and position the brand for future international and domestic franchise development as the restaurant celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 -
Restaurants at every level, from fine-dining and fast-casualto self-service and drive-thru, are fond these days of ballyhooing at their own unique "restaurant experience" that makes them stand out from the rest.
But there is a new fine-dining destination in Mobile, one that truly sets a new standard for eating out. One that can truly boast of having a unique, one-of-a-kind experience.
Friday, March 21, 2014 -
The Melting Pot is unusual because the food there is actually cooked by guests on burners at each table, so the kitchen at each location essentially functions as a prep station for entrees, salads, and cheese and chocolate fondues. Back-of-house investment is therefore minimal, but the operations are still very detailed. The production line is designed to consolidate food for the servers, and recently the restaurants have started making in-house bread, so Evans now also incorporates a small oven into his plans.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 -
Ranked as the No. 4 Casual-Dining chain in the Consumer Picks survey, The Melting Pot took top honors for Atmosphere, Craveability and Service.
Monday, October 1, 2012 -
Long Island native Bob Johnston says he did not exactly fall in love with franchising-or the restaurant business-from his vantage point as a dishwasher in his older brothers' Melting Pot restaurant in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant franchise, announces plans to bring its unique fondue dining experience to eight countries in the Middle East through a 12-unit franchise development agreement with Hospitality Concepts and Solutions (HCS).
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 -
Historically, franchising has been dominated by a limited demographic of people with solid business chops, high net worth and pockets deep enough to cover steep franchising fees and build-out costs. But in recent tough years, franchisors have found it necessary to expand their bases, and some have begun to reach out to new communities to find well-rounded candidates with experience and means.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 -
At this fondue restaurant, servers bring cut-up veggies, pieces of meat, or fish and you thread them on skewers and place them in a pot on the burner at your table.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 -
Multi-concept operator and franchisor Front Burner Brands said Tuesday it has struck a franchise agreement to bring The Melting Pot brand to Saudi Arabia.
Sunday, May 1, 2011 -
When Heidi Wagner would travel with her husband Cory from their home in Edmonton to visit her relatives in Colorado, it became a family tradition to eat out at The Melting Pot, a local fondue restaurant in a historic building.
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