Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long has Melting Pot been in business?

Over 45 years, Melting Pot opened its first location in 1975 in Maitland, Florida, just outside of Orlando, and began franchising in 1985. Visit Our History to learn more.

  • Do I need restaurant experience to become the franchise owner of a Melting Pot?

It is preferred, but not required. We will look for a background in business leadership and management and expect you to hire an experienced restaurant General Manager.

  • What are the financial qualifications to own a Melting Pot franchise?

A minimum of $400,000 in liquid capital (available cash) and a minimum of $1.5M in total net worth, individually or combined as a group.

  • How much does it cost to open a Melting Pot franchise?

The estimated initial investment ranges from $1,429,320 to $1,849,210. Visit our Investment page or Item 7 in our Franchise Disclosure Document for additional details.

  • How much is the Franchise fee?

The franchise fee is $45,000 per unit. A 20% discount off of the initial franchise fee is offered for qualifying veterans and minorities through the VetFran and DiversityFran programs.

  • How long is the franchise agreement term?

The initial term of the franchise agreement is 10 years. The renewal term is a 5-year successor franchise agreement, with no limit on the number of renewal terms.

  • What are the royalty and advertising fees?

The Melting Pot royalty fees are 5% of gross revenue and the advertising fee is 2.5% of gross revenues.

  • What do I get with the franchise fee?

The initial franchise fee provides you with a license to operate a Melting Pot, assistance to help you develop and open your location, access to our operational processes, training systems, products, technology, marketing programs, and more.

  • How long is the new franchisee training program?

Initial Training is a minimum of 7 weeks and is conducted in Tampa, Florida. Training consists of on-the-job training at a company operated Melting Pot and classroom training at the Restaurant Support Center. The initial Franchise Fee includes training for up to 4 people.

  • What are the general operating hours of Melting Pot restaurants?

Melting Pot locations are open 7 days a week for dinner hours, opening between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and closing between 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Many locations are open on weekends and Holiday’s for lunch and dinner.

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