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Melting Pot

National chain of restaurants specializing in fondue.

8801 Twin Lakes Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614
Employees: 2,000
President: Mike Lester
Owned by Front Burner Brands

Website: http://www.meltingpot.com

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The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. is the premier fondue restaurant franchise. Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot provides a memorable dining experience. Guest can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées combined with dipping sauces. The menu also includes cheese fondues, salads, fine wines and chocolate fondue desserts. The Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner Brands, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, FL.

There are 132 restaurants in 35 states in the U.S., one in Canada, and three in Mexico City. There are another 25 restaurants under development in Mexico, Saudi Arabia and eight other countries.

Guests enjoy a choice of four flavorful fondue-cooking styles and a variety of entrees combined with signature dipping sauces. The menu also includes creamy cheese fondues, fresh salads, fine wines and decadent chocolate fondue desserts.

Fondue courses start as low as $7.95 per person. Salad prices start as low as $4.95 per person.


The first Melting Pot opened in April of 1975 in Maitland, FL, 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 1981, 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 Johnston brothers were diligent in their search for energetic entrepreneurs who were as excited as they were about the concept and its potential. Their commitment to building a close knit fondue family proved successful.


Depends on position:Benefits:

Medical Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Paid Vacation
Employee Discount
Growth Opportunities

Updated June 29, 2014