Executive Leadership

Bob Johnston, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Mike Lester, President of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.
Maryellen Torres, Chief Brand Officer
Scott Pierce, Chief Financial Officer
Dan Stone, Chief Business & People Development Officer

Bud Culp, General Counsel


Corporate Headquarters

Front Burner Brands Restaurant Support Center
7886 Woodland Center Blvd. Tampa, FL 33614
Toll Free: 800-783-0867
Telephone: 813-881-0055
Fax: 813-889-9361


Media Contact

Elayne Jacobs
202-588-8138
ejacobs@fish-consulting.com

Founded

Front Burner was established in 2011 in Tampa, Florida.


Company Description

Front Burner (formerly known as Front Burner Brands) is a franchise management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. It is affiliated with dynamic and niche-specific brands including The Melting Pot, the premier fondue restaurant franchise with 125 locations in 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East.


Core Concept

The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

With 125 restaurants in 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and more than 10 locations currently in development internationally, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. is the premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise. Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a memorable dining experience for over 40 years. Guests 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 quick stats:

  1. 98 percent franchised
  2. Two corporate-owned restaurants in Sarasota and St. Petersburg
  3. Average unit size – 5,400 square feet
  4. Franchise fee – $45,000
  5. Development cost – Approximately $1-1.4 million
  6. Royalty fee – 4.5 percent

Front Burner Timeline

1975

1975

The Melting Pot opened its first location in Maitland, Florida, outside of Orlando. The first restaRead More →

1976

1976

The Melting Pot opened second restaurant in Orlando.

1979

1979

The Johnston brothers opened The Melting Pot’s first franchise location outside of the Orlando marRead More →

1981

1981

The Johnston brothers opened The Melting Pot franchise in Tampa, Florida.

1981

1984

The Melting Pot franchise location opened in Gainesville, Florida.

1985

1985

The Johnston brothers purchased all rights to the restaurant chain and established The Melting Pot Read More →

1990

1985-1995

The Melting Pot opened 2-3 franchised restaurants per year. Slow, but steady growth.

1995

1995

The Melting Pot launched aggressive efforts to educate, engage and train franchisees. By this time,Read More →

1999

1995-2001

The Melting Pot opened 20 restaurants (averaging 3 to 5 per year).

2000

2000

TGS Restaurant Management, Inc., the restaurant management company for The Melting Pot, was foundedRead More →

2001

2001

The Melting Pot opened 10 additional restaurants.

2002

2002

The Melting Pot opened 10 additional restaurants.

2003

2003

The Melting Pot opened 10 additional restaurants, for a total of 66 opened restaurants. The MeltingRead More →

2004

2004

The Melting Pot opened 16 additional locations, for a total of 85 stores opened. GrillSmith RestaurRead More →

2005

2005

The Melting Pot turned 30 and celebrated the opening of its 100th location.

2006

2006

The Melting Pot opened 12 additional Melting Pot locations with more than 30 signed and in developmRead More →

2007

2007

The Melting Pot opened 19 additional locations with 42 more in development.

2008

2008

The Melting Pot opened 15 additional locations with 26 more in development.

2009

2009

The Melting Pot signed its first international franchise agreement for Western Canada and opened anRead More →

2010

2010

The Melting Pot celebrated its 35th anniversary, opened its first international location in EdmontoRead More →

2011

2011

TGS Restaurant Management officially changed its name to Front Burner Brands as the management compRead More →

2012

2012

The Melting Pot announced plans to bring its fondue dining experience to the Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaRead More →

2013

2013

With the help of Front Burner, The Melting Pot unveiled a new menu and pricing strategy to give gueRead More →

2014

2014

GrillSmith and Burger 21 become standalone entities.

2015

Spring 2015

The Melting Pot was recognized as the No. 1 casual dining restaurant in Nation’s Restaurant News Read More →

2015

2015

The Melting Pot expanded outside of North America with the opening of a location in Southeast Asia Read More →

2015

Fall 2015

In fall 2015, The Melting Pot raised more than half a million dollars in support of the St. Jude ThRead More →

2015

November 2015

In November 2015, Front Burner moved its corporate offices to its new, progressive office headquartRead More →

2016

Early 2016

The Melting Pot now operates 125 restaurants across 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, aRead More →

2016

Beginning 2016

Front Burner unveiled expanded business management and consulting services to support franchised anRead More →

2016

March 2016

Front Burner was named one of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s (TBBJ) 2016 Best Places to Work and a Read More →

2016

April 2016

The Melting Pot received a 2016 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Award in the category of BesRead More →