The Melting Pot of Louisville, Kentucky Returns Under New Ownership

Experienced Franchisee Acquires Ownership of Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant

March 20, 2017 // // TAMPA, Fla. - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world’s premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, has announced the new ownership and reopening of its Louisville, Kentucky location at 2045 S. Hurstbourne Parkway. The Louisville location has been operating under the guidance and leadership of longtime Melting Pot manager and recent franchisee, Dave Chantrell, since December 2016.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue to offer a unique dining experience in the Louisville market,” said Dave Chantrell, owner of The Melting Pot of Louisville. “My time with the brand – from server to manager and now owner – has afforded me great experience and I’m excited to parlay that knowledge into spearheading the success of another location. The team and I are looking forward to serving Louisville guests for many years to come.”

Chantrell, a native of Virginia, started his career at The Melting Pot as a server at the Charlottesville, VA location. After attending The University of Virginia and working as a chemical engineer, the entrepreneur decided that he enjoyed customer service more than engineering and made the decision to return to The Melting Pot, this time at the Richmond location. He eventually worked his way up to becoming General Manager, and in 2016 he purchased the Richmond location.

“We are incredibly excited to have a longtime team member like Dave at the helm of the Louisville location,” said Dan Stone, chief business & people development officer at Front Burner, the management company of The Melting Pot. “The Melting Pot brand remains strong and relevant and we’re confident that the Louisville location will thrive under its new franchisee leadership team. It’s also rewarding to see Dave’s progression within The Melting Pot system, from server to manager, to franchise owner, to a multi-unit owner.”

The Louisville location is open Monday – Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m, Friday – Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information, visit, or call 502-491-3125.

To catapult the brand's expansion efforts nationwide, the concept will be hosting a complimentary informational franchise webinar on Thursday, April 20 at 11 a.m. (EST) to educate qualified candidates. To register for the upcoming webinar, please visit

The Melting Pot operates more than 125 restaurants across 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The concept is known for offering an assortment of flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées served with signature dipping sauces. The menu features a variety of à la carte selections, highlighting customizable options that invite guests to enjoy one, two, three or more courses as they select any combination of individually-priced cheese fondues, salads, entrées and chocolate fondues.

To learn more about ownership opportunities with The Melting Pot, contact Christina Hobbs, director of franchise development for The Melting Pot, at, or call 800-783-0867 ext. 109.

About The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.

Founded in 1975, The Melting Pot has offered a unique fondue dining experience for more than 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, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A leading polished casual dining franchise, The Melting Pot was recognized as the No. 2 casual dining restaurant in the Nation's Restaurant News 2016 Consumer Picks report. Known for offering a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrées, 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, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit To learn more about franchise opportunities with The Melting Pot, please visit

About Front Burner

Front Burner is a franchise management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. 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 the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit

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SOURCE The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc.


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