The Melting Pot reopens in Newport News Wednesday

Andrea Castillo
Contact Reporteracastillo@dailypress.com

The Melting Pot returns to Newport News on Wednesday.

Jason Shea and Chad Hornik are the owners of the fondue franchise at 12233 Jefferson Ave., Suite 3, and have experience running other Melting Pot locations, said Shea, who is partial owner to a restaurant in Wilmington, N.C., and has been with the company for a decade. Hornik, who has worked at The Melting Pot for 22 years, is a majority owner of a location in Richmond and has ownership in other Melting Pot restaurants.

Neither Shea nor Hornik ran The Melting Pot when it first opened in Newport News in 2006 and closed in June 2015 because of franchise agreement "compliance reasons," the company previously told the Daily Press.

The Newport News restaurant includes a new interior redesign with fresh paint and light-fixture upgrades, and in a few weeks the restaurant will have some changes to the exterior as well, including patio seating, Shea said.

"The whole interior part of the restaurant is different, but the food is the same," Shea said.

The chain is serving a series of dishes called Fondue Across America that includes items such as Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and New York Cheesecake and themed cocktails.

The Newport News location will offer weekly specials, ladies' night and happy hour deals, and potentially down the road, military discounts, according to Shea.

"We try to be involved in the community," he said.

To make reservations or get more information, contact the restaurant at 757-655-9300 or visit www.meltingpot.com/peninsula-va.

Grilled Cheese Festival on tap

Mark your calendars for the first Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Festival this fall.

The festival is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, according to an announcement from Hometowne Events, which is hosting the Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Festival.

The Hampton Roads Grilled Cheese Festival includes a grilled cheese cook-off competition that is open to restaurant and home chefs and caterers. Contestants will be able to compete in the Most Ridiculous, Most Cheesiest, Best Tomato Soup, Fan Favorite and Grand Champ categories.

Tickets, which are $10 and go on sale Aug. 7, include admission to the festival and samples of grilled cheese. Part of the proceeds will go to the Autism Society of Tidewater Virginia.

Those interested in competing in the cook-off can contact competitor@HRGCFest.com, and potential vendors and sponsors and contact vendor@HRGCFest.com and sponsor@HRGCFest.com for more.

Learn more about the event at hrgcfest.com.

Registration open for Blue Talon's annual Turkey Trot

Worried about the calories you'll eat at your Thanksgiving meal? Burn a few in the morning by participating in Blue Talon Bistro's annual Turkey Trot.

The 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24, and participants will run through Colonial Williamsburg and the campus of the College of William and Mary. Now in its ninth year, the event attracts more than 2,500 runners every year, according to the Blue Talon Bistro, which is partnering with J&A Racing for the event.

The Turkey Trot will also support Literacy for Life, which provides reading, writing, math, ESL and other tutoring services in the greater Williamsburg area.

Registration is $30 until Sept. 30, $35 from Oct. 1-31, $40 from Nov. 1-23 and $45 on the day of the race.

For more information and to sign up, visit https://bluetalonbistro.com/blue-talon-bistro-turkey-trot-5k/.

Castillo can be reached by phone at 757-247-4635.

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