Spotlight: Melt Bar and Grilled
Get all the gooey details on Melt Bar and grilled in this week’s spotlight
How did you get started?
I worked in the Cleveland restaurant scene for over 10 years before owning my own business. I saw the need in Cleveland for a craft beer bar that served great, but interesting comfort food/bar food. Looking to do something completely different, I decided on the Grilled Cheese concept. I thought this would complement the craft beer offered and keep people happy, interested and coming back for more. This proved to be more correct than I could ever imagine!
What do you like most about your job?
The ability to be myself and make decisions, based on personal and professional feelings and opinions is what I like most about my job. I answer to myself, my staff, and our community. I love the creative part of my business. I get the opportunity to try as many crazy, off-the-wall ideas as I can imagine. Plus, the beer list is awesome!
Why is Cleveland a great place to own a business?
People in Cleveland are real and they are tough. Opportunities are not given but earned in Cleveland, Ohio. If you want a customer base, you need to earn it with great products and services. Cleveland is a very tough town to make it in and survive. If you are successful then you know you have something pretty special.
What do you like most about working in Cleveland?
The change of seasons which brings different needs and wants from the guests. People look different, act different and eat different depending on the season and time of year. It definitely forces you to stay current and ahead.
What makes your business unique?
I think Melt is unique, due to the offerings — Gourmet grilled cheese and craft beer served in a very fun and eclectic atmosphere. Melt offers an experience that cannot be found anywhere else in Cleveland, or the U.S. we try to give each guest a very personal and unique experience. We approach each guest as a member of the family and not a number.
What does 'keeping it local' mean to you?
Supporting other like-minded Cleveland owned businesses as much as possible. We are fortunate to be living in Cleveland during this amazing resurgence of “local”. There are more locally-owned businesses in Cleveland now than ever before, especially in the food/drink sector. You could eat 365 days a year at a different, great locally-owned restaurant.
What are your favorite local businesses in the Cleveland area?
That is a tough question. I think I can generalize and say my favorite local businesses are the restaurants and bars. I personally know how difficult and “all in” owners need to be. I support and praise all local business owners, but especially the restaurants.