Mmmm...melted cheese sandwiches and a piping-hot cup of soup. Sounds like the perfect food to accompany the chilly, rainy weather we've been having in Redwood City lately.
And now, Redwood City residents and workers will have a hip new place to order food just like that, as The Melt celebrates its grand opening downtown on Sunday.
Even better news - for its first day of business this Sunday, The Melt will be donating 100 percent of sales to the Redwood City Education Foundation!
What is The Melt?
Paul Coletta, The Melt's chief marketing officer, describes it in one simple phrase - "grilled cheese happiness."
The Melt specializes in warm, melted sandwiches, made with "hearth-baked, artisan breads" and all your favorite fillings. Try the Fontina and Provolone on Garlic Bread, the Bacon Reuben Melt, the Brie with Apple Honey on Country French Bread, and more.
Then, you can pair your chosen melted sandwich with the perfect soup, such as their Two-Tomato Basil, Creamy White Mushroom, Italian Sausage and Pepper, Sweet Corn Tortilla, Spicy Black Bean and more.
Coletta said, The Melt uses 100-percent natural ingredients - from local sources whenever possible - in its soups, and all the artisan bread is baked locally as well.
"And, our food is all served in our eco-friendly environment," Coletta added, pointing out that all their food containers are 100-percent compostable.
Don't forget to save room for a sweet, melty concoction like the Chocolate S'More melt, too.
Don't like waiting in line? You don't have to at The Melt!
Ordering your food at The Melt is anything but common, Coletta told Patch.
Hungry customers can skip the line at The Melt by going to TheMelt.com from their computer or smartphone and placing their order.
Then, they can walk into any one of The Melt's seven locations - the web ordering system doesn't require you to pick one - and walk up to a kiosk that will scan your online receipt. The chefs at The Melt will then start preparing your order for you.
In other words, your order hasn't been sitting around getting cold and stale since you placed your order, and you don't have to stand in line for even a second.
"Our technology is really a big part of enabling a great customer experience in our stores," Coletta explained.
Choosing Redwood City for The Melt's seventh location
Coletta said, choosing downtown Redwood City for The Melt's seventh location was easy.
"We believe Redwood City is where our customer is," he explained. "The people who live and work in Redwood City obviously appreciate good food, and are looking for the kind of experience we offer."
Coletta said The Melt is also a great place for Redwood City residents to bring their families.
"We're very family-friendly," he said.
Besides - what kid doesn't love a good grilled cheese sandwich? The Melt is known for its children's menu item, "The Kid," which pairs grilled cheese with a sliced apple for just over $4.
What: The Melt's grand opening celebration
When: This Sunday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Melt, 835 Middlefield Road (Theatre Way), next to Century Theaters
100% of the proceeds benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation!
Worried about the crowds? Order in advance at TheMelt.com!
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