The Melting Pot Cooks Up New Ways to Fondue with Newest Location in Maple Shade, New Jersey

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant Debuts Expanded Menu and Interior Redesign

The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, has been thinking outside of the pot for ways to improve upon its success. After extensive research into dining preferences and needs, The Melting Pot has introduced an additional menu of cooked-to-order small plate entrees called FonDONE™, as well as an interior redesign that maximizes dining space and comfort. Both new initiatives are on display exclusively at the company's newest franchise location opening Nov. 20 in Maple Shade, New Jersey.

Franchisees Charlie LaRosa and Mike and Kim Hughes have owned The Melting Pot in Center City, Philadelphia, for the past 10 years and are now relocating the restaurant to Maple Shade.

"After a decade in business with this brand, we have an exciting opportunity to not only introduce a new community to our interactive fondue dining experience, but also to help introduce an enhanced design and menu options The Melting Pot hasn't offered before," said Maple Shade Owner-Operator Kim Hughes. "New dining choices mean our guests just have more reasons to visit us more often." The traditional fondue experience is front and center at the Maple Shade restaurant and still at the core of what sets The Melting Pot apart. Additionally, FonDONE™ is a new option that streamlines the experience and provides an alternative for a shorter lunch or dinner outing. First introduced at The Melting Pot's St. Petersburg, Florida, location earlier this year, FonDONE™ will give Maple Shade guests the choice to try cooked-to-order small plate entrees in addition to the traditional cooked-tableside fondue entrees.

"It's a brand new way to fondue," said Mike Lester, president of The Melting Pot. "With more than 125 franchise locations around the world, we are proud that our restaurants reflect a true melting pot of personalities. Our guests and our franchisees have given us many great ideas about how to serve them even better, and we're excited to partner with Charlie, Kim and Mike in New Jersey to bring both classic and new menu options to Maple Shade." The new Maple Shade location is also the first to unveil The Melting Pot's new design initiative. Detailed seating analysis and study of customer design preferences has culminated in improved seating areas throughout the dining room and bar to maximize restaurant space and create multiple interior environments that will delight and surprise guests.

The Melting Pot is seeking entrepreneurs with business backgrounds and/or preferably restaurant experience who are passionate about the brand and want to be their own bosses. Franchisee candidates should have a credit score of 650 or higher, a minimum net worth of $750,000 and liquid assets of at least $325,000 per unit. Depending on the real estate site selected, franchisees can expect the total investment for one restaurant to be approximately $959,000 to $1,436,000. Single-unit and multi-unit franchise opportunities are available with an initial franchise fee of $45,000 per unit. As the brand celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015, a 40 percent discount will be offered on the initial franchise fee for the first restaurant for all new franchise agreements signed in 2015.

To learn more about ownership opportunities with The Melting Pot, contact Dan Stone, chief business and people development officer for The Melting Pot, at 800-783-0867 ext. 108.

About The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a unique fondue dining experience for 40 years. As the premier fondue restaurant franchise, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc. has more than 125 restaurants in 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and more than 15 international locations in development. A leading polished casual dining franchise, The Melting Pot was recognized as the No. 1 casual dining restaurant in the Nation's Restaurant News 2015 Consumer Picks report. Known for offering a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, The Melting Pot's menu also features cheese fondues, salads, fine wines and chocolate fondue desserts. Fondue fans can join The Melting Pot's Club Fondue for exclusive promotions, special events and advance holiday reservation privileges. The Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner Brands, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. For more information, visit To learn more about franchise opportunities with The Melting Pot, please visit

About Front Burner Brands Front Burner Brands is a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. It is affiliated with the corporate owners of and its management services extended to The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., founded in 1975 with more than 125 restaurants in North America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and more than 15 locations currently in development. For more information, visit

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