Melt Bar & Grilled to open fifth Cleveland location at CWRU

In partnership with Bon Appétit Management Co. and CWRU, Matt Fish brings award-winning gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to first on-campus location with Melt University

MeltMelt Bar & Grilled, a Cleveland-area favorite for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, is going back to school. One of the biggest names in the Cleveland dining scene is coming to Case Western Reserve University.

Acclaimed restaurant proprietor Matt Fish is opening Melt University at the new Tinkham Veale University Center, his first establishment on a college campus. The quick-service sandwich shop is now under construction and will open at the end of August, with service daily.

“We are focusing on quick service for both lunch and dinner without losing the Melt experience,” said Fish.

Guests can expect to see eight to 10 signature Melt gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on the menu, with an exclusive Case Western Reserve-themed sandwich only available at the new Melt University location. Along with the signature sandwiches, students and patrons can look forward to Melt’s roasted garlic tomato soup, the classic grilled cheese companion, and two specialty salads. Melt University will operate from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Melt University location at Case Western Reserve will operate in partnership with Bon Appétit Management Co., the university’s food service provider since 2004.

“We at Bon Appétit are thrilled to be working with Matt Fish and Melt,” said Jim O’Brien, Bon Appétit’s resident district manager at Case Western Reserve. “It’s a local favorite, it’s fresh, and now it’s a part of the university’s dynamic campus dining scene.”

Melt’s fresh, foodie fare will inhabit the ground floor of the new university center. The 89,000-square-foot structure is under construction—a $50 million project that began in the summer of 2012. Upon its completion in August, the building will house student organizations and service departments, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, the LGBT Center, a restaurant, ballroom and five retail food concepts.

“The new Tinkham Veale University Center will stand as an exciting crossroads of the student experience,” said Richard Jamieson, vice president of campus services, which oversees dining at the university. “Melt really complements the dynamic character of this vibrant new space.”