New Fondue Place Opens

One of my secret stashes of info is the Portland Business Journal’s Daily Breaking News Updates, which is usually info straight from the press release, but contains gems like “Fondue restaurant opens in NW Portland” which tells me a bit more about the under-construction place I walk by everyday on my way to work.

Urban Fondue is owned by Sterling Restaurant Management Group, who also own Voodoo Lounge, Bartini, Ohm and Be Zinful. Bartini and Be Zinful are on either side of Urban Fondue, and I think all three places were connected under the previous owner. I was surprised to see that Bartini is owned by the same people as Ohm since the style seems so dramatically different (I say that but I have never been to Bartini and haven’t been to Ohm in about a year). Finding more info on Sterling Restaurant Management Group has proven difficult.

I also like that BizJournal makes a point to mention that, “The Melting Pot, which bills itself as ‘the nation’s largest fondue restaurant franchise chain,’ opened a restaurant this fall in the Congress Center building at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Main Street.” So it looks like it’s a case of chain vs. local.

4 Comments so far

  1. audrey (unregistered) on December 8th, 2004 @ 10:28 pm

    Help!!! i was given a name of a Fondue resteraunt and have promptly forgotten…any suggestions??? i think it may have been “The melting Pot” I want to take my family there for chrsitmas eve…

  2. Mikey (unregistered) on December 9th, 2004 @ 11:30 am

    The Melting Pot is not difficult to find. Downtown on the corner of 6th and Main. Also, visit, or call them at †(503)517-8960 or go right to their “included with the franchise fee” website:

  3. ellen (unregistered) on December 28th, 2004 @ 6:58 pm

    i just got off the phone with the melting pot in downtown portland, how sad that the price has doubled since they moved from the barbur blvd location! we won’t be patronizing them any longer. $130 for dinner for 2?! too much for us!!

  4. Daniel Katz (unregistered) on January 6th, 2005 @ 9:04 pm

    In regards to Ellen, or anyone else that might think this way, I am a certified trainer for the Melting Pot restaurants and i personnally opened the Portland,OR store. Not only is the area and the store inself beautiful, how ever you found out the prices is grossly wrong. They do have a four course feature that is $84, and that includes cheeses for two, salads for two, entrees for two(including Lobster) and dessert for two. That is the most expensive thing on the menu, and i think well worth it, What Ellen might be refering to is a wine pairing flight that can be ADDED to that for an additional $36 dollars, to bring it $120. Now thats the four courses and four glasses of wine EACH! I don’t think you can bet that at any other nice restaurant. And I eat at a lot lot of them well in your beautiful city. So I say, give it a try and realize you can walk out also having spent $40, it is up to you.

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