Melt Bar & Grilled is an eclectic restaurant for traditional food-lovers and the adventurous alike. The original restaurant opened in 2006, and specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. What is gourmet grilled cheese? Matt Fish, owner and founder of Melt, describes their food as “Big and bold and delicious gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. We take comfort food dishes and put those entrees onto grilled cheese sandwiches. We take every aspect of a plate:  meat, starch, sauce, and salad, and place it on the sandwich. It is based in comfort food and nostalgic Midwest dishes that people are used to seeing”. Not only is Melt’s entree selection non-traditional and bold, the atmosphere of the restaurant is something entirely unique. The colorful walls and psychedelic designs inside Melt is sure to ignite a flame inside any creative’s heart. 

Melt’s culinary inspiration comes from a variety of influences. While some dishes incorporate traditional American comfort food, others feature popular dishes of other cultures. Examples of these internationally-inspired sandwiches would be the Korean BBQ sandwich and the Parma, Italy sandwich.

Matt Fish also recognizes the importance of catering to various dietary restrictions. He says that Melt has “made a concerned effort to cater to vegans and vegetarians. We put as much emphasis on these menu items as we do with meat items. There are a lot of similar products with which we can make meat sandwiches vegetarian or vegan. We want to be accommodating to every single walk of life on earth.  Why would we not want to cater to people with dietary concerns?” As a restaurant that caters to the subculture, everyone should feel welcome at Melt.

When asked how Matt’s experience was with the 2016 Short North Gala, he responded, “It was a great event. I met people I had never met before from the neighborhood.” As a Cleveland-based company, he found it beneficial to network with people in Columbus.

Regarding Melt’s current menu, a new happy hour menu was just released and can be found on their website. Matt is always looking for new and exciting recipes to make the best grilled cheese sandwich yet. Stay tuned for more information regarding this year’s Short North Gala.


-Alexa Demyan