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

Lauren Simo


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. 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 $1-1.4 million
  6. Royalty fee – 4.5 percent