Fondue is a fun and interactive dining experience – and for more than three decades, The Melting Pot has defined the niche across the American dining scene.
The first Melting Pot opened in April of 1975 in Maitland, Fla. – just outside of Orlando. It was a cozy, quaint location and its first menu consisted of just three items: Swiss cheese fondue, beef fondue and a chocolate fondue dessert. However, as the restaurant’s popularity expanded, so did its menu and ambiance.
Mark Johnston, who was working his way through college as a waiter at The Melting Pot, noticed the popularity boost and – with the help of his brothers Mike and Bob – scraped together funding to open The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979 (with the blessing of the original owners in Maitland… of course). The Tallahassee location grew enormously popular, and within one year its success paved the way for future franchise expansion.
In 1980, the Johnston brothers decided to branch out and opened their second location in Tampa. As their business grew, the brothers began to consider franchising even more stores in order to expand. Then in 1985 Mark, Mike and Bob Johnston purchased all rights to The Melting Pot brand and established The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. – the new franchise company. After a year of research and reorganization, The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. began its franchise offering.
From the start, the Johnstons were diligent in their search for energetic entrepreneurs who were as excited as they were about the concept and its potential. And their commitment to building a close knit fondue family proved successful.
Today, with more than 145 locations across 37 states and The District of Columbia and with more than 28 locations under development, The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. is the country’s premier fondue restaurant franchise. The Melting Pot is also proud to announce that it is coming to Canada! The first Canadian location is scheduled to open in Edmonton, Alberta in early 2010. The Melting Pot Restaurants will also be developed in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada marks the first International market for the Melting Pot – stay tuned for updates on the The Melting Pot brand going global!
At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable four-course dining experience where patrons can dip into something different – and discover all the ingredients for a unique dining experience including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue dinners.