LakewoodAlive’s Popular Summer Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood on July 14  

It’s a pairing as perfect as grilled bread and cheese.  A Lakewood-born dining institution and Lakewood summer tradition are joining forces for the ninth consecutive year.

LakewoodAlive proudly announces Melt Bar and Grilled as Title Sponsor for Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018.  This popular, free-to-attend community event will heat up Downtown Lakewood on Saturday, July 14, from 4 to 10 p.m., with its epicenter located right outside the doors of the original Melt location at 14718 Detroit Avenue.

Melt Bar and Grilled Title Sponsor of Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Melt Bar and Grilled will unveil its remodeled space at its original Downtown Lakewood location on April 27.

The Melt story has its roots in Lakewood, where owner Matt Fish introduced his unique comfort food concept in September 2006.  What started as Lakewood’s best-kept secret soon evolved into the biggest culinary buzz in greater Cleveland and beyond.  Today Melt operates 10 locations throughout Ohio and has been featured by numerous national entertainment and media outlets, including Food Network, USA Today, Esquire Magazine and The National Culinary Review.

In the case of Melt and the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, the number “nine” has several applications.  This year marks the 9th annual Summer Meltdown and Melt has served as Title Sponsor all nine years since the event’s inception.  Furthermore, Melt is currently completing a major renovation project to reimagine its Lakewood location and will reopen its doors to customer in nine days on April 27, with a Grand Re-Opening celebration.

“On behalf of our entire organization, we are thrilled to have Melt Bar and Grilled return as Title Sponsor for the Lakewood Summer Meltdown for a ninth straight year,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “Matt and his team have been a tremendous partner to our organization over the years and have served as an incredible ambassador for the entire Lakewood community.  We are truly grateful to the Melt family and look forward to seeing the exciting changes in store for the Lakewood location.”

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties.  A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars.  The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including the Meltdown 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

For more information regarding the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, including sponsorship and vendor applications, please visit

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsors:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
Rally Health

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood
Cuyahoga Community College
First Federal Lakewood
The Exchange
Perry’s Ice Cream

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
The Ferry Cap and Set Screw Company
Jen Hearn Photography
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department
Peace Racing
State Farm, Stacey Caskey-Coblentz
Textbook Painting
West Side Skates

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
2nd Sole
The Lakewood Citizen
Ronald P. Kolodziej, D.M.D., M.S.
Tomorrow’s Leaders (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern Ohio)
Window Universe