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Melt, April 2013

Melt is a restaurant and food truck owned by Paget Pizitz and Harriet Reis.

The Melt food truck began operating in 2012, making regular stops in downtown Birmingham in early 2013 as well as at various festivals in the area. Melt can also be hired as a caterer for events. Pizitz and Reis brought in chef Joey Dickerson to develop the menu, and he prepared a daily chef's special in addition to the normal grilled cheese menu. The truck is nicknamed "Matilda".

In 2013 the business began renovating the former Stephen's Garage on the corner of 41st Street and 4th Avenue South in Avondale for a full-service restaurant which opened in June 2014. Dungan Nequette Architects provided preliminary design sketches, and Say Jack Salvages completed the interior build-out. The space features recycled materials on the interior and a screened-in dining area under the former gas pump canopy.

In early 2019 Melt opened a franchise location in downtown Huntsville. The chain expanded again in the summer of 2020, with a second franchise in Hoover's Stadium Trace Village. Pizitz and Reis opened their second company-owned location at Lane Parke in 2022, later closing the Avondale restaurant, which was converted into Pure Taqueria.


  • Carlton, Bob (March 8, 2013) "Melt food truck takes to the streets of Birmingham, offering grilled cheese to go." The Birmingham News
  • Carlton, Bob (August 30, 2013) "Melt food truck owners plan to open a restaurant in Birmingham's resurgent Avondale area." The Birmingham News
  • Carlton, Bob (June 25, 2014) "Melt finds a home as food truck owners open their new restaurant in Avondale; take a look inside." The Birmingham News
  • Pernell, Avalon (July 20, 2021) "MELT to open third metro location in Mountain Brook." Birmingham Business Journal

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