Fondue: Isn’t that something people ate in the 1970s? Yes, but unlike the wide ties and bellbottoms of that era, it’s still around, and it didn’t take long for The Melting Pot in Irvine, Calif., to catch on with diners. The restaurant, owned and operated by Mira Selbo, was the first unit of the Tampa, Fla.-based fondue chain to be located in Southern California. When the unit opened in 2002, sales were $1.3 million; by 2006 they had shot to $4.24 million. Selbo now ...

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