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Mentor Melt Will Be Opening Nov. 2

Last week's fire will only cause a small delay for the gourmet grilled cheese maker

The bad news is the small fire in the Mentor Melt building last Thursday will delay the restaurant's opening.

The good news is the delay will be a short one.

The Melt in Mentor is slated to open Nov. 2. It was originally slated to open Oct. 15.

"This small setback shouldn’t have a significant impact on our opening and we are currently working with the city of Mentor and the building inspectors to open the Mentor location on November 2, said Melt owner Matt Fish in a statement.

"We know the Mentor community and our new Melt family members are anxious to get the doors open and so are we. So we want to send a huge thank you out to the Mentor Fire and Police Departments and other firefighters for their quick response, as well as to all of our fans for your continued support."

The fire began in the kitchen area shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday, while renovations were taking place at the restaurant.

The fire spread through the duct work to the ceiling, causing smoke to come from the roof, but firefighters were able to contain the flames to the Melt unit in the shopping complex.

Mentor, Kirtland and Willoughby Fire Departments extinguished the the fire, while firefighters from Grand River, Concord Township and Mentor-on-the-Lake covered Mentor's unmanned stations.

Damage to the building was limited and no one was hurt.

The Mentor Melt will be located in the Points East shopping plaza at 7289 Mentor Avenue, the former home of Jalapeño Loco.

This is the gourmet grilled cheese maker's fourth location.

Melt, in addition to adding a destination restaurant to the city, will also create about 50 jobs in Mentor.

Melt has received national attention for its creative sandwiches and was featured on The Travel Channel's Man V. Food. It has also received accolades from Zagat, Cleveland Scene, ESPN Magazine, Cleveland Magazine and PETA.

It has locations in Cleveland Heights, Lakewood and Independence. You can check out the full Melt menu here.

Dino Ferrante October 02, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I would have really loved to frequent this restaurant. Sadly, they used non-union labor to build, so I can't.
Chris M October 02, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Wow Dino, all that makes you is a tool. You need to understand that persons that don't have the money to pay into unions need work too. Not to mention the other 50+ jobs this restaurant has created for the community of Mentor. But you don't have to worry, they won't miss your business, as the new Melt will be packed from open to close, almost every day of the week. This is the trend of the other three locations, so I don't see this one being any different.
Janie2kids October 03, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Dino - not only that, but they discriminate against people in wheelchairs....My friend's sister applied for a job, but was told they could not accommodate "people like her"...so I too will boycott.

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