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Rocklin bids farewell to fondue

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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While some celebrate Halloween, others will say farewell to their favorite fondue spot: The Melting Pot. The Rocklin location will close its doors Friday night after open three years, almost to date. The location opened mid-November in 2005, but the last few months have been a struggle, owner Mike Frampton said. “It’s been difficult,” he said. Because of the poor economy, Frampton, also the owner of the Sacramento Melting Pot, will concentrate on running his other location. Part of what attracted Frampton to open the Rocklin location in 2005 was the promise of expansion. “Initially, it was the rapid growth and the expectation of a number of things around us,” Frampton said. Theatres and other entertainment venues were in the plans for the area, he said. “Unfortunately, none of those happened,” he said. Rocklin went from being one of the top cities for growth to now high closures, he added. Located on Lonetree Boulevard, The Melting Pot is surrounded by vacant buildings within the Blue Oaks Marketplace. Rocklin’s Melting Pot, serving cheese and chocolate fondues and entrees, was home to approximately 30 employees, some who will continue working at the Sacramento location, “where we can and it makes sense,” Frampton said. After three years at the business, Frampton admits to a businessman reaction, but also an emotional response – looking at spreadsheets and accounts make it evident it can’t survive; yet sentiment plays into it as well. Frampton said he’s sad to see it go. The Sacramento location will remain open, located at 814 15th St.