Melting Pot of St. Petersburg closes indefinitely amid coronavirus-fueled real estate deal
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Owners of the iconic building are selling, leaving the restaurant with no home.

The Melting Pot of St. Petersburg is closing indefinitely, according to an email to Club Fondue members Monday.

Like other restaurants, the restaurant was forced to close its dining room in March because of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

That closure prompted the owners of the Fourth Street North property where the restaurant was located to accelerate their decision to sell the property, leaving the restaurant with no home.

Melting Pot Restaurants Inc. of Tampa had been seeking a new location in Pinellas County to “debut a new flagship Melting Pot” and incorporate “the legacy brand’s new design evolution.”

It’s unclear when a new Pinellas County location would open, but moving forward with a new restaurant at a time when all are either closed or operating under reduced business would be a fruitless endeavor. However, the franchise promises to “return to Pinellas County better than ever.”

“While sites are actively being pursued within St. Petersburg, no location has been secured at this time,” the company wrote in an email.

The company said details will be announced including a location and re-opening timeline once that information is available.

The St. Petersburg location was open in its iconic, rustic building for 32 years and was a date night staple in the community, offering a quaint and romantic setting and decadent “Big Night Out” options for diners including a soup or salad course, cheese fondue, an entree course and chocolate fondue with wine pairing options and rich after-dinner drinks.

Some diners came in hopes of spotting a ghost, as rumors spread that the building was haunted.

The shuttered St. Petersburg location is donating its surplus food to Metropolitan Ministries.

The restaurant dining room had already been closed since March 20, but take-out options were available as recently as Sunday. Locations in Tampa and Sarasota are also closed, but will re-open when the dine-in ban is lifted. The Sarasota location is offering take-out.

When those restaurants re-open, Club Fondue members can receive $20 off a meal purchase of $60 or more by showing a copy of the email.

Gift cards can still be used at any Melting Pot location nationwide and do not expire. The Tampa and Sarasota restaurants will accept dip certificates and other vouchers from the Melting Pot of St. Petersburg.

Last updated on April 14, 2020

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


3 comments

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    April 13, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    “the legacy brand’s new design evolution.”

    Somebody has an MBA! Calling Jared …

  • gary

    April 13, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    So sad! My family has been going there since the 1970’s… Change SUCKS! And so does this bullshit covid nonsense!

  • Donald trump

    April 14, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Place was a garbage pit….easily could have made dirty diners spot…..

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