"The Melt" to Close in Burlingame During Construction

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    Construction in Burlingame prompts owners of "The Melt" to close for the summer. Christie Smith reports.

    If you were hankering for a grilled cheese sandwich in Burlingame, you probably should make it yourself.

    "The Melt" - which promises "Oooey, gooey grilled cheese happiness" is turning off the griddle for the summer, until construction outside its doors is over - most likely the fall, according to the San Mateo Daily Journal.

    The restaurant chain at 1401 Burlingame will close on May 6 while construction for the downtown beautification project ends.

    The construction has caused fewer parking spots along the street and few patrols, according to the Daily Journal.

    “We are all about serving happiness and this construction on Burlingame Avenue just isn’t a happy or welcoming experience for our guests,” Jonathan Kaplan, founder and CEO of The Melt, said in a prepared statement, reported by the Daily Journal. “We look forward to welcoming Burlingame residents to our other Bay Area locations. … In the fall, we look forward to celebrating with a grand reopening when the construction on Burlingame Avenue is complete.”

    The beautification of Burlingame Avenue began in April and is expected to last 14 to 16 months. The city hopes to widen sidewalks from 10 to 16 feet, and add more landscaping and outside dining space. Parking is moving from slanted to parallel and the street’s two lanes will be thinned to a total of 20 feet. The $16.5 million project is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

    The Daily Journal reported that Burlingame residents who visit other Melt locations will receive a free ice cone with any purchase. There are other locations in Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Berkeley.