Matt Fish opened his first Melt Bar & Grilled
in Lakewood 10 years ago, and on July 6 he and his large and growing team will open its seventh full-service restaurant. The new spot will be the first for the Greater Akron area, taking the place of the Friendly’s at 3921 Medina Road in Bath Township.
“This is the first freestanding structure that we have, so it’s our building, it’s our parking lot, it’s our landscaping, it’s our everything,” Fish explains. “We try our best to be unique, fun and different and to separate ourselves from others. The same thing will happen here.”
The 4,800-square-foot restaurant seats 120 diners plus an additional 35 on a seasonal patio. Guests will enjoy the same playful, colorful interior and a menu full of creative sandwiches and craft beer.
The Montrose shop joins locations in Cleveland Heights, Independence, Mentor and a pair in Columbus (Short North, Easton), along with satellite spots at the Jake and Tinkham Veale University Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve.
“We’ve been wanting to be in the Akron-Canton area for a very long time; we looked there even before Columbus, but nothing ever materialized,” Fish explains. “This opportunity came up to us when all these Friendly’s closed.”
We'll see you all down south for some grilled cheese sammies.