published Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Melting Pot restaurant seeks to return to Chattanooga market

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    The Melting Pot offered this fondue fusion plate when it originally opened in Chattanooga.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Despite its initial failure in the market, officials with The Melting Pot said today they want to return the fondue restaurant chain to Chattanooga with a new franchisee.

The Melting Pot closed its Chattanooga restaurant near Hamilton Place Mall in September 2012 after three years of operation at 2553 Lifestyle Way.

But the parent company said today it now has an opportunity for the right franchisee partner "to potentially re-open the former location or open a new Melting Pot restaurant at a new site in the market."

Chattanooga is one of a number of select markets throughout the U.S. where the company is looking to recruit qualified new franchisees. Currently, The Melting Pot has four Tennessee restaurants located in Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville.

“As the premier fondue restaurant of choice for nearly 40 years, The Melting Pot offers a unique business opportunity for entrepreneurs,” said Mike Lester, president of The Melting Pot. “Our proven business model and simple operations combined with strong average unit volumes make our concept the perfect investment opportunity for both experienced and first-time restaurant operators. We’ve seen a strong interest in our brand in Chattanooga and we’re looking forward to bringing our one-of-a-kind polished casual dining experience back to the community.”

The Melting Pot operates more than 135 restaurants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and has more than 25 locations in development internationally.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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