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The Melting Pot with Collin Benyo

Founded in 1975, Melting Pot has offered a unique fondue dining experience for more than 45 years. As the premier fondue restaurant franchise, Melting Pot has 94 restaurants in 31 U.S. states and Canada. Known for offering a variety of fondue cooking styles and unique entrées, Melting Pot’s menu also features cheese fondues, salads, fine wines, spirits and chocolate fondue desserts. Melting Pot is an affiliate of Front Burner Brands, a restaurant management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. 

Today’s guest is Franchise Growth Strategist, Collin Benyo. He assists potential franchisees in their journey to ownership. Having worked for Melting Pot for almost 15 years, he knows the ins and outs of the day-to-day process and strives to convey the success and wins he obtained to a new chapter of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

 

Key Takeaways:

[2:10] – Collin shares the story of Melting Pot’s beginning.

[3:32] – Starting out as a dishwasher for Melting Pot is the current CEO of the company.

[4:45] – At the height, Melting Pot had roughly 130 locations. But their growth retracted a bit for a time.

[6:39] – Currently, Melting Pot has 4 corporate locations.

[8:30] – Josh shares his impression of Melting Pot from many years ago.

[10:27] – Melting Pot’s previous reputation was as a fancy dining experience that customers only went to once or twice a year. Their look and feel is different now.

[13:50] – Collin completed his Master’s degree internship at Melting Pot and loved the experience.

[16:09] – What sets Melting Pot apart from other hospitality franchises?

[18:59] – The focus for growth is primarily in the Southeast United States, but franchisees can come from anywhere and usually come as a Melting Pot fan.

[21:54] – The selling point for franchisees is Discovery Day.

[23:09] – An goal for Melting Pot is to partner with hotels and be present as hotel restaurants.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Melting Pot Website

Melting Pot Franchise Site

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

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11/16/2019
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8/30/2019
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Highly recommend. Great guests. Filled with tons of helpful information.
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7/16/2019
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Josh and his wide variety of knowledgeable guests are truly rockstars! They deliver quality (and free!) franchise knowledge and advice in each and every episode. The great advice they provide, combined with the engaging way they deliver it had me hooked from the very first listen. Thanks for putting out such a stellar show Josh - keep up the great work!
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07/15/2019
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07/15/2019
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What do you get when you combine business savvy, legal expertice and a great personality? You get the ultimate podcast for franchise owners. Josh Brown brings it all togehter perfectly with Franchise Euphoria. Not only does he possess all of the skills and abiliites above, but he has great guests, asks awesome questions and created the ideal podcast for this niche. If you have a franchise, or are considering it, subscibe to this show and consume all of the content!
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06/05/2019
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Dean575 from United States
06/04/2019
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Very interesting discussion. I found the information valuable.
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05/06/2019
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