Front Burner Brands Adds New C-Level Position To Leadership Team



Franchise Industry Veteran Dan Stone Promoted to Chief Business & People Development Officer

Front Burner Brands Adds New C-Level Position To Leadership Team

Dan Stone

Front Burner Brands, Inc., restaurant management company for The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Tampa, Fla., today announced the promotion of Dan Stone to chief business and people development officer. In this newly created position, Stone will be responsible for the organization’s business matters related to the areas of human resources, learning and development, legal, franchise development and various aspects of strategic planning.

“It is with great pleasure that we recognize Dan Stone’s exceptional leadership in the growth and development of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., and Front Burner Brands,” said Bob Johnston, CEO of Front Burner Brands, restaurant management company for The Melting Pot. “Dan will continue to drive our company’s internal and external growth through his vast experience in franchise development, as well as his background in human resources in the hospitality industry.”

Last year, Dan Stone was named one of Business Observer‘s “40 Under 40.” Prior to his promotion, Stone served as the vice president of franchise development for Front Burner Brands, where he spearheaded the domestic and international development of The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., while supporting the development of franchisees and their businesses.

The Melting Pot was recently ranked No. 1 among 40 casual dining restaurant chains in Nation’s Restaurant News2015 Consumer Picks report, up from No. 6 out of 38 concepts last year. The brand ranked first in four out of 10 overall attribute categories, achieving top scores in cleanliness, service, atmosphere and craveability.

The Melting Pot operates more than 130 restaurants across 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and Southeast Asia, and has more than 20 locations in development internationally. The concept is known for offering an assortment of flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees served with signature dipping sauces. The menu features a variety of a 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, entrees and chocolate fondues.

To provide more information on franchise opportunities and available territories, The Melting Pot will host a live webinar on May 20 at 11 a.m. (EDT). To register, please visit http://www.meltingpotfranchise.com/upcomingEvents.aspx or contact Shak Turner, director of franchise development for The Melting Pot, at 800-783-0867 ext. 105.

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 Shak Turner, director of franchise development for The Melting Pot, at 800-783-0867 ext. 105 or visit www.meltingpotfranchise.com.

To learn about fondue history and facts, check out The Melting Pot’s fondue infographic.

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 130 restaurants in 35 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Southeast Asia, and more than 20 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 entrĂ©es, 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 www.meltingpot.com. To learn more about franchise opportunities with The Melting Pot, please visit www.meltingpotfranchise.com.Front Burner Brands Adds New C-Level Position To Leadership Team

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 130 restaurants in North America and Southeast Asia and more than 20 locations currently in development. For more information, visit http://www.frontburnerbrands.com.