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The Melting Pot is a chain of individually franchised fondue restaurants located across the United States. There are 142 locations as of August 2009, with 28 more locations under development. Its headquarters are located in Tampa, Florida. Its menu contains various cheese fondues, wines, salads, entrees of meat and seafood served with dipping sauces and oil or broth to be cooked in, and chocolate fondues. The first Melting Pot opened in April 1975 in Maitland, Florida and served only three items on its menu. With permission from the original owners, Mark, Mike, and Bob Johnston opened up The Melting Pot of Tallahassee in 1979. As the restaurant expanded its franchise, the menu grew larger. In 1985, the Johnston brothers purchased all rights to the Melting Pot brand. On June 1, 2008, the original location in Maitland, Florida went out of business. The Melting Pot has plans in motion to open locations in Canada. The first Canadian location is scheduled to open in Edmonton, Alberta in early 2010. The Melting Pot Restaurants will also be developed in Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada marks the first International market for the Melting Pot. The interior of the restaurant is designed with dark red and black. It is dimly lit; all seating is mostly in booths, with private booths away from the main room.