Leadership Team

Bob Johnston, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Scott Pierce, Chief Financial Officer
Dan Stone, Chief Operating & Development Officer

Bud Culp, Chief Business Officer & General Council
Roger Worak, Vice President of Digital Engagement
Randy Barnett, Vice President of Innovative Technologies, Systems, and Data
Jennifer Dodd, Executive Vice President of Franchise and Restaurant Operations
Mike Mobley, Vice President of People


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

Laura Mulhern


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 105 locations in 31 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico.

Core Concept

The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

With over 105 restaurants in 31 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico, and more than 17 international locations in development, 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, including the new grill cooking style, 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. 97% franchised
  2. 3 company operated restaurants in Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Pensacola
  3. Average unit size – 5,400 square feet
  4. Franchise fee – $45,000
  5. Development cost – Approximately $1.47-1.65 million
  6. Royalty fee – 5 percent