The Melting Pot®
About The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.
For more than three decades, The Melting Pot has defined the fondue experience niche across the dining scene as the premier fondue restaurant franchise with more than 135 locations across North America, continued domestic success and ongoing international expansion. At The Melting Pot, fondue truly becomes a memorable dining experience where guests can discover fresh ingredients during an unforgettable culinary adventure including a relaxed atmosphere, private tables, attentive service, fine wines and signature fondue courses.
The first Melting Pot opened in April of 1975 in Maitland, Fla., just outside of Orlando. It was a cozy, quaint location with a menu consisting of just three items: Swiss cheese fondue, beef fondue and a chocolate fondue dessert.
Mark Johnston (chief concept officer), who was working his way through college as a server at The Melting Pot, noticed the popularity boost and, with the help of his brothers Mike and Bob (CEO), scraped together funding to open The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979.
In 1985, Mark, Mike and Bob Johnston purchased all rights to The Melting Pot brand and established The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the franchise company.
In 2010, The Melting Pot restaurants celebrated its 35th anniversary and opened its first international location in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, signed a seven-unit deal in Mexico opening its first location in Mexico City.
To learn more, visit The Melting Pot website.