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Melt Bar & Grilled
As American as baseball or apple pie, grilled cheese is a comfort food that can take you back to your childhood. Melt Bar and Grilled is no ordinary sandwich shop, though. With rotating specials that include everything from Sriracha butter to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, this cult phenomenon (seriously, their fans get tattoos) uses American Tin Ceilings as a major identifying element of their brand. With locations across Ohio, the spaces are all designed uniquely, but the hard wood floors, exposed brick, painted walls, and iconic tin ceiling are a staple that delivers a consistent and memorable dining experience.
“Tin was always my first choice and I never considered any other materials. Why settle for second best?”
-- Matt Fish, Owner/Founder
Which locations have which patterns/colors?
"There are currently 5 Melt Bar and Grilled location in Ohio. 3 of the locations are redesigns and 2 are new construction. All 5 have alternating tiles from American Tin Ceilings Co. in patterns #22 & #26. The first Melt location in Lakewood, Ohio was a building I purchased that had a beautiful tin ceiling from 1910. When I expanded next door, there was no tin so we went on a search to match the original look and feel. The color is actually a discontinued powder-coated blue so now we order the panels unfinished and have a local company paint them."
Why did you choose tin?
"I have always loved the look and nostalgia feel of a tin ceiling. Cleveland is a great city with many century buildings with amazing tin ceilings. I luckily inherited a great original tin ceiling at my first location and wanted to continue the look and feel as I expanded. The tin ceilings have always been and continue to be the focal point of each restaurant I open."
What has the feedback been like?
"The feedback continues to be great. The tin ceiling at Melt is always a conversation piece. The color and texture is very eye catching and certainly makes a statement."
Any future projects in the works for tin?
"We have expansions plans for Cleveland and Columbus and will continue to use American Tin ceiling panels."