The Melting Pot (restaurant)

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The Melting Pot
IndustryRestaurants
Founded1975
HeadquartersTampa, Florida
United States
Number of locations142 franchises (as of August 2009)
Area servedUnited States, Canada
ServicesCasual dining, specializing in fondue
Websitemeltingpot.com
 
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The Melting Pot
IndustryRestaurants
Founded1975
HeadquartersTampa, Florida
United States
Number of locations142 franchises (as of August 2009)
Area servedUnited States, Canada
ServicesCasual dining, specializing in fondue
Websitemeltingpot.com

The Melting Pot is a chain of franchised fondue restaurants located across the United States and Canada. There were 142 locations as of August 2009, with 28 more locations under development. Its menu contains various cheese fondues, wines, salads, entrees of meat and seafood served with dipping sauces and oil or broth to be cooked in, and chocolate fondues.

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History

The first Melting Pot opened in April 1975 in Maitland, Florida – a suburban city of the Orlando Metropolitan Area – and served only three items on its menu. With permission from the original owners, Mark, Mike and Bob Johnston opened The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979. As the restaurant expanded its franchise, the menu grew larger. In 1985, the Johnston brothers purchased all rights to the Melting Pot brand.

On June 1, 2008, the original location in Maitland closed.[1] The Company currently has two locations open in Canada: in Edmonton, Alberta and Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Design

The restaurants' interiors are designed using dark red and black colors. They are dimly lit; all seating is mostly in booths, with private booths away from the main room.

Headquarters

Its headquarters are located in Tampa, Florida.

Menu

A complete meal features a cheese fondue, a salad, main course and a chocolate fondue for dessert. This four-course meal is usually available in themes, such as the "Alpine" meal which features cuisine from Switzerland, Germany and France. Main courses are not fondues, but include more typical entrees of meat, poultry, pasta and seafood. The franchise also produces "special-occasion" packages for anniversaries, weddings and other events.

Restaurant Reviews

The company is criticized for its prices but praised for its food[2]. The price of its food, either per person or per portion, is acknowledged to be in a high range.[3] However, the franchise continues to draw customers, which success may be attributed to the unique dining experience of fondue and the overall quality of its food.[4]

Community involvement

It supports the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer. The company sponsors annual fundraising programs and local special events whose proceeds are contributed directly to the hospital The company also contributes a portion of proceeds from designated in-store purchases.

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