Restaurants

Melt set to open at Easton in October

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    Melt’s sandwiches, such as the War Pig, have earned it a cult following. The Cleveland-based chain’s first Columbus location opened in the Short North in the fall.

June 4, 2014

Melt Bar & Grilled, the gourmet-grilled-cheese restaurant with a cult following, will open its second Columbus location, at Easton Gateway, in October, Melt officials announced.

Melt, based in Cleveland, opened its first Columbus location last fall at 840 N. High St. in the Short North.

“To be opening a second location in Columbus in just a year is an amazing feeling,” said Melt owner Matt Fish. “We are already in love with our Columbus fans and can’t wait to be a part of this new development in Easton.”

The 5,013-square-foot restaurant will be in the 54-acre addition to Easton Town Center and Easton Market. It will begin hiring 60 to 70 workers for the new location in early September, company officials said.

Melt fits in well with the tenant mix at Easton Gateway, said Beau Arnason, executive vice president at Easton operator Steiner + Associates.

“There isn’t a restaurant in Columbus that’s generating more buzz than Melt,” Arnason said.

Costco and REI have opened stores at Easton Gateway. Also set to open stores there in the next year there are Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field & Stream, Pies & Pints, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Whole Foods.

The Melt at Easton Gateway will be the seventh location for the popular restaurant chain, which opened its first “comfort food dressed up” restaurant in 2006 in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood.

Guy Fieri helped to propel the grilled-cheese-and-beer chain to national fame in 2010 by visiting the original restaurant with his Diners, Drive-ins and Dives TV show on Food Network show. USA Today, Esquire magazine, Fox News and other media chimed in with stories about Melt.

tferan@dispatch.com