Grilled cheese is the focus for this chain that has expanded to more than 10 locations in Ohio, including at Case Western Reserve University and Progressive Field, both in Cleveland. Owner and co-founder Matt Fish says the chain is taking a break from expansion this year, but will pick back up again in 2019. Fish says Melt is also exploring out-of-state locations. “We’re looking at Pittsburgh and Detroit as two big markets that we want to break into,” he says. “That’s kind of the next four- to five-year plan.”  

LocationLakewood, Ohio
2017 Systemwide Sales ($000)$21*
YOY Sales Change35.0%
2017 U.S. Units13
YOY Unit Change11.8%
2017 Average Unit Volume ($000)$1,700*
Future 50 Year2018
FranchisingNo
*Technomic estimate

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