Our History

Our History

Our Fondue Restaurant Franchise Sets the Standard

Since 1975, Melting Pot has been the country’s quintessential fondue dining experience. Our very first location opened its doors in Maitland, Florida, with a simple menu of beef fondue, Swiss cheese fondue, and chocolate fondue. The atmosphere was cozy and quaint, and the restaurant’s popularity quickly grew.

One enterprising waiter, a college student named Mark Johnston, saw this business boom and endeavored to open a second location. After receiving permission from the original owners, Mark enlisted the help of his brothers Bob and Mike and came up with enough funds to open Melting Pot of Tallahassee. Mark’s venture paid off; after opening in 1979, the restaurant was successful enough to warrant opening a third location, this time in Tampa, in 1981.

By 1985, after the idea had been brewing for a while, the Johnston brothers purchased the rights to Melting Pot and established an incorporated franchise company. Following a year of reorganization, research, and planning, the company began offering the enormously popular fondue restaurant as a food franchise opportunity. Seeking out energetic, passionate entrepreneurs, the Johnston brothers built a family of fondue franchisees that was (and still is) excited and committed to the concept.

Today, our fondue restaurant franchise continues to grow, and we are now proudly affiliated with Front Burner Brands. This management company, also owned by the Johnston brothers, leverages extensive restaurant and franchise expertise to help support our franchise owners across the country.

To learn more about our restaurant franchise opportunity, check out our Steps to Ownership!

Dedicated to Giving Back

Over the years, our fondue restaurant franchise has built lasting relationships with many of our guests throughout the United States. Our success wouldn’t be possible without the loyalty of our customers. So many communities have supported us and helped us grow over the years, and we want to show our appreciation for their continued patronage by giving back to those who have welcomed us so warmly. Melting Pot believes in helping others before ourselves – especially those in need. We are proud to have raised $13 Million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of our charity partners, and we look forward to continuing to give back to amazing organizations that better the lives of everyday people.

Taking Our Franchise into the Future

Melting Pot is excited to continue our expansion throughout the United States and beyond. We know that we are making tomorrow’s history today. Our company remains at the forefront of emerging dining trends and is continually changing the way in which we deliver memorable guest experiences. We are excited about what the future holds and hope that you will join us on this journey.

Do you want to be a part of The Melting Pot’s history of success? Consider joining our family of franchisees! Contact us at (844) 334-2601 for information about our franchise opportunities.


Hear Our Franchisee Testimonials
  • Mark & Becky Chapman - Testimonial
  • Corey Foust - Testimonial
  • David Chantrell - Testimonial