What I love about being a franchisee for this brand, working for this brand, being apart of it is family and belonging. You truly do gain a family not just with your immediate store but with this entire Melting Pot community. The corporate support center along with fellow franchisees celebrate your victories with you. You never feel like you're going through it alone.Transcript
The first thing that I loved about Melting Pot was the fact that there was no kitchen equipment... It was the most unique concept that I had ever experienced.Transcript
I fell in love with the concept so it actually had my heart before it had my work and my brain and my efforts...I'm just as passionate about what we do, and that's 23 years later.
I purchased an existing Melting Pot franchise in Grand Rapids, MI, commencing April, 2014. This restaurant is a lot of fun as we focus on delivering the 'Perfect Night Out' to our guests. I also volunteered for Melting Pot's Strategic Partnership Committee and was accepted as one of the newest franchisees. I have been around franchising for over 20 years, and I find the Melting Pot Restaurant Support Center, which includes Melting Pot ownership and all senior executives really listen to the franchisees, value us and partner with us. What a blast!
I worked at Melting Pot in Tallahassee, Florida during college. After college, I worked for a state legislator in New York City. Believe it or not, I found a lack of things to do in New York City - there wasn't a fun place to take anybody out for dates. And I kept thinking 'Wow, Melting Pot would be great up here in the Northeast'. That's when I decided to inquire about the franchise. I found out that Washington, DC was an available site, so I moved to Washington. Today I'm involved with six locations and I have plans for more growth in the Washington, DC area before I move on to other cities in other areas of the country. Melting Pot differs from other restaurant franchises because of the low overhead and the ease of operation. Melting Pot corporate office makes it easy for the operators. They provide all the top of the line food we need to operate our restaurants. The only thing franchise operators have to do is give good service. And if you love your job, good service is easy.
Previously, I was a bank manager and worked part-time at a Melting Pot on weekends in Coral Springs. That's where I met my partner. I went to North Miami Beach to manage the restaurant. I liked the idea, loved the concept, and got involved in it. The owners gave us control of the restaurant, and we saw everything from the inside. We met with everybody and decided to be franchisees for a career. It was fun; it was good; it made money. The people who we worked for were great and the franchise was terrific. Today we own and operate three locations and my goal is to open up two more Melting Pots in the Chicago area in the future.I believe the key factors required to succeed in the franchise business are: stability, ease of operation, good execution and a unique, quality product. Melting Pot has all of these attributes .