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Press Release | May 2019

May is the Month of “M:” Mom, Memorial Day, and Melt Bar and Grilled’s Massive, Melty, Mouthwatering Meals!

CLEVELAND, OHIO— Melt Bar and Grilled, an Ohio favorite for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, invites you kick off patio season with Ohio’s best gourmet comfort food, legendary grilled cheese and incredible beer and cocktails.

May brings three “Melt Most Requested” menu items: Chicken Tenders, hand-battered chicken tenders, french fries or kettle chips, and dipping sauce (choose from BBQ, buffalo, chipotle ketchup, cowboy, ranch, sriracha ranch, or sweet mustard); Melt Jumbo Chicken Wings, made of fresh chicken wings  that are double fried and extra crispy, then tossed in one of 11 delicious signature sauces: buffalo, BBQ, sweet mustard, sweet chipotle, spicy thai chili lime, sesame peanut, kung pow, korean BBQ, garlic herb romano, diablo dry rub, or Melt awesome sauce! Ranch or bleu cheese with celery is available on the side; and Attack of the Green Tomato features delectable fried green tomatoes, fire-roasted corn salsa, and southern herb remoulade.

Three grilled cheese specials are also available in May, including the Springtime War Pig, with pulled pork simmered in our authentic Mexican sweet and spicy pineapple al Pastor sauce, refried beans, crispy seasoned chicharrones, and pepper-jack queso sauce; the After School Special, made of thick-cut all-beef bologna, sweet & spicy pickles, house-made ketchup chips, tangy ballpark mustard aioli, romaine lettuce, and American cheese; and finally, the Fried Green Tomato BLT, featuring fried green tomatoes, hickory bacon, southern herb remoulade, romaine lettuce, and cheddar cheese.

Frito Pie Mac & Cheese is May’s Maniacal Macaroni & Cheese, and is a spicy blend of chorizo, 4-bean vegetarian chili, crushed Frito corn chips, cheddar cheese sauce, shredded cheddar, and sour cream & scallions.

Seasonal Sides for May include:

Garlic Herb Roasted Broccoli / roasted broccoli, garlic herb butter V, VG

Crispy Queso Potatoes / roasted & fried redskins, pepper-jack queso sauce, cilantro, corn salsa V

Save room for dessert, because the Melt Bar and Grilled featured dessert is Electric Blueberry Lemonade, homemade blueberry lemon bread pudding served warm over a sweet blueberry sauce, then topped with vanilla ice cream, real whipped cream and lemonade sugar.

Melt Bar and Grilled is partnering with Rhinegeist Brewing to be the exclusive home of Rooiby Doo this spring and early summer. Rooiby Doo is a blonde ale brewed with Magnum and Crystal hops, with raspberry rooibos tea, and added smoothness and creaminess from being served on nitrogen. Rooiby Doo features bright fruit and mild spice flavors, and the classic smooth nitro mouthfeel, with a very drinkable ABV of 4.8%.  Rooiby Doo is a limited, draft-only release and exclusive to all Melt Bar and Grilled locations.

Speaking of beer, curious about what beer is on tap at your Favorite Melt location? Just check out the new online draft beer list for all Melt Bar and Grilled locations. The current and up-to-date list can be found attached to our specific locations’ pages on our website! meltbarandgrilled.com/locations

Melt Bar and Grilled wins first place in the “Best Sandwiches” category in the 2019 Cleveland Magazine Silver Spoon Awards. For the twelfth time! Melt placed first in the same category in 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007. “Winning is humbling,” said Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt. “And winning twelve times is a testament to the entire Melt Family and our fans because it means that we’re creating food that people love enough to vote for. Thank you to the readers of Cleveland Magazine for continuing to vote Melt Bar and Grilled as one of Cleveland’s best, and congratulations to all the restaurants that are on the winners list. We’re in great company!” In addition, Melt was Runner-Up for “Best Sandwich” in the Scene Magazine Best of Cleveland 2019.

Join Melt Bar and Grilled at Cleveland VegFest 2019 as we go on the road to spread the gospel of awesome gourmet comfort food. We’ll have a booth at Cleveland VegFest, Saturday, May 18th from 11:00am – 7:00pm at Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave East. We’ll be debuting our new vegan Mac & Cheese at the event so stop by our booth and try a sample. Admission is free, but a $5 donation to support next year’s event is appreciated.

Melt Bar and Grilled is back for another season at Cedar Point! Our awesome full-service location inside the best amusement park in the universe is back again for the 2019 season. We officially open the doors at The Roller Coaster Capital of the World on Sunday, May 12th.  Come check out the brand new food and drink menus, including Maniacal Macaroni & Cheese, the exclusive Forbidden Frontier BBQ, Chicken Tenders, and the return of the exclusive Cedar Point sandwich:

Chicken Vengeance Western Club / grilled chicken, crisp hickory bacon, cool fresh avocado, fresh tomato & lettuce, cowboy sauce, pepper-jack cheese

Plus, Happy Hour Monday through Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm with food and drink specials.

New Meltcade concept added to more Melt Bar and Grilled locations. The new “Meltcade” is our awesome menu and killer drinks mixed with classic arcade games, pinball and new modern video games. Got the twitch to play some pinball, classic arcade games, or try your luck at a claw machine, all combined with the best comfort food and craft beer in Ohio? We now offer the new Meltcade concept at our Independence, Avon, Short North (Columbus) and newly renovated Cleveland Heights locations. Plus, we have a rare Killer Queen arcade machine at our Short North location. All games are available for play every day during business hours.

The Melt Bar and Grilled Women’s Only Pinball Tournament is set for Thursday, May 9th at 7pm at the Independence location and features free tournament entry for participants. All pinball and classic arcade machines will be coin-op and all tournament participants and their guests get 20% off food and drink! The tournament is officially registered with the IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association) with prizes for the top 3 tournament players! The tournament is presented by Melt Bar and Grilled and Kidforce Pinball.

We have partnered with our friends at Arcade Super Awesome to create the ultimate pinball and arcade experience at our Columbus Short North location. The waiting area has been transformed into a pinball and arcade paradise with 13 pinball games, perfect for this month’s knockout tournaments, Tuesday, May 7th and Tuesday May 21st from 7:30pm – 11pm. The tournament format is group knockout with players placed in groups of 4, playing on a randomly selected machine. The bottom two scores receive strikes. After 3 strikes, player is eliminated. This is an IFPA recognized tournament with no entry fee and 20% off food and drink for all players and guests.

Join your friends Sunday, May 26th at our Short North Columbus location for a new Killer Queen draft tournament. Killer Queen, a 5v5 competitive strategy game, is the hottest game out there and we’ve got it. All skill levels are welcome to enter the draft, including brand new players, and all participants and guests receive 20% off food and drink. For the Killer Queen Draft Tournament, each team will have a captain that will draft players based on skill level, making sure each team is fair and balanced. Please arrive by 3:00pm to get your name on the draft list, then grab a beer at the bar and wait for games to begin at 3:30pm. The tournament will be a double-elimination tournament or best of 3 (or best of 5) depending on the number of teams drafted, with the winning team getting a Melt prize bag!

All Melt Locations CLOSED on Memorial Day Monday, May 27th to celebrate those who have fallen to protect our freedom. We’ll be back at work on Tuesday, May 28th, so we’ll see you then!


Melt Bar and Grilled is a local favorite in Ohio, but has also garnered national attention from The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” USA Today, ESPN The Magazine, The Boston Globe, FOX News and The Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” and “Man v. Food.” Accolades for the ground-breaking menu items include Best Restaurant kudos from Cleveland Metromix, Scene Magazine, Columbus Dispatch, Columbus 614 Magazine and the Akron Beacon Journal, as well as Cleveland Magazine’s “Best Sandwich” for the past several years, Scene Magazine’s “Best Sandwich” in 2016, Esquire’s “One of the Best Sandwiches in America” list and was added to the Inc. 5000 in 2017.

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