Fondue restaurant The Melting Pot to open new St. Pete location

It is slated to open sometime in early 2024.

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Almost three years after the closure of its flagship St. Pete restaurant, an interactive dining experience is finally ready to return to The Burg' (lactose intolerant folks, please look away.)

Safety Harbor-based developer Paradise Ventures will transform a 100 year-old Central Avenue building into the posh new fondue restaurant.

St. Pete’s new Melting Pot is slated to re-open at its new location, 695 Central Ave., sometime in early 2024. When it debuts, it will be neighbors with Floridan Social, Morean Arts Center and The Lure.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal says Paradise Ventures purchased  building that contains The Melting Pot’s future home for $3.4 million in 2019. The Melting Pot leased 4,900 square-feet out of the building’s total 16,000 square-feet, and the rest of the space will be occupied by an undetermined restaurant tenant.

St. Pete’s Place Architecture firm, the minds behind popular spots like Paradeco Coffee Roasters and Grand Central Brewhouse, will design the new restaurant space. Although The Melting Pot's new location will be much smaller than its previous space, it will boast a more open floor plan with a modern feel.

Its menu will remain the same, and guests can opt for its a la carte fondue menu or one of its four course pre-fixe dinners, which also includes a fondue appetizer.  The chain restaurant is known for its wide variety of liquified cheese and chocolate that folks can dip fruit, bread, meat and more into.

St. Pete’s previous location of The Melting Pot closed in April 2020; its website states that the “COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the real estate owner’s decision to sell the property.” Its flagship St. Pete restaurant was open for 32 years.

The next closest Melting Pots reside in North Tampa and Sarasota.

The Melting Pot's previous St. Pete space is currently being renovated into a new brewery and restaurant called Sesh. There is no grand opening date in site for Sesh just yet, but you can follow the new restaurant's buildout on Instagram at @seshstpete.


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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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