Entrepreneur magazine recently released its 37th annual Franchise 500 issue, and The Melting Pot is once again honored to be on this distinguished list. We’re proud to announce that we moved up 21 spots to No. 457 on this year’s ranking. Our brand is recognized for the training and support we give our franchisees - from initial training and grand opening through day-to-day operations and marketing - as well as our proven business model.
There are countless restaurant franchise opportunities out there today to consider. When evaluating a potential franchise investment, it's wise to look at both the unit economics of the brand and how it resonates with customers. The Melting Pot shines in both areas, with an AUV of over $1.5 million and consumer accolades like being named the #1 Consumer Pick for Casual Dining Restaurants in Nation's Restaurant News.
Another area in which we shine is training and operational support. Investing in a Melting Pot restaurant means investing in exceptional food, operational simplicity and a proven system backed by experienced franchising experts. Training and support for our franchisees includes a Franchise Business Consultant assigned to assist with business start-up and ongoing operational development, as well as a Local Marketing Consultant for local marketing support. That is in addition to an initial six- to eight-week training period in the classroom and on the job, as well as personalized training assistance from our operations support trainer and team, both before and after the opening.
Once the restaurant is open, our franchisees benefit from the variety of limited-time menu offerings and seasonal drinks created by our head chef. Valentine's Day is right around the corner, for instance, and our dining rooms will be filled with couples and friends enjoying the fruit-infused signature Melting Pot Love Martini and delicious menus of lobster tail, shrimp, sirloin and other fondue treats to make hearts melt.
As the premier fondue restaurant franchise with 40 years of brand history, The Melting Pot has more than 125 restaurants open in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and the United Arab Emirates, and more than 15 locations in development internationally. If you like what you see, then be sure to visit our franchising website for even more reasons to invest in our brand.