The Melt grilled cheese sandwiches and soups chain, founded in 2011 by Flip Video entrepreneur Jonathan Kaplan, is looking beyond its comfort-food roots and value positioning to realize lofty expansion goals. To meet its publicized target of operating 500 locations within its first five years, the 14-unit chain with restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles is relying on a number of elements, including: • custom-made, radiant infrared heat presses designed to ...

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