It’s official: Melt location to open in new university center

Julia Bianco , News Editor

After months of speculation, the rumors have finally been confirmed: the famous Cleveland restaurant Melt Bar and Grilled will be coming to Case Western Reserve University’s new Tinkham Veale University Center this fall.

Melt, a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant, has won Cleveland Magazine’s Best Sandwich for the past four years, and was listed on Esquire’s One of the Best Sandwiches in America list. The new university center will be Melt’s fifth location, and its first campus spot.

“I think this is something that the Case community can really get excited about,” said Beth Kretschmar, marketing manager for Bon Appetit, CWRU’s food management company. “Melt is a local favorite, it’s a really cool concept, it’s award winning, and I just think it’s really fun.”

“Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich?” she added.

The new Melt location will offer eight to ten signature sandwiches, including one special CWRU themed sandwich. There will also be two seasonal signature salads, and some of Melt’s famous sides, including their roasted garlic tomato soup.

“This is a really good experiment for us,” said Matt Fish, Melt’s owner. “It’s the type of quick service concept that we’ve been tossing around for a while.”

“It’ll be exciting to introduce our product, our name and our brand to the student body at Case,” he added. “We’re excited to be a part of the CWRU and University Circle community.”

The new Melt location will open with the rest of the University Center in late August. The restaurant, along with all of the other restaurants in the University Center, will accept Case Cash. Bon Appétit is still working with Melt to decide on meal swipe options.

The news was set to be announced at 9:00 a.m. Thursday via Fish’s electronic newsletter, but the embargo was broken when a story was posted on Cleveland Scene’s website around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. Fish and Kretschmar could not be reached regarding this matter.