fondue. opens in Penny Square

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fondue., the latest creation from Zack and Marissa King opened to the public on March 23

The much anticipated fondue., a new restaurant located in Penny Square in downtown Milford opened Thursday, March 23 to outstanding reviews. The restaurant, the latest venture created by Zack and Marissa King, features fondue-style meals and unique hand-crafted cocktails.

“All in all, I would say it went better than Zack and I could have expected,” Marissa posted on social media. “Starting a new and unique concept was terrifying, for sure. We lucked out with staffing and are so grateful to have the team we do at fondue., not to mention our crew at EasySpeak holding it down while we were at fondue. the majority of the weekend.”

The menu at fondue. includes starters such as the chef’s charcuterie, pupu platter, steamed shrimp, chicken satay and a Cajun seafood boil. Salads include their house and Caesar salad, Cobb salad as well as a South of the Border salad. Any salad can be upgraded with chicken, shrimp or filet mignon. Fondue options are available as a package for two which includes a cheese, entrée and chocolate course accompanied by a salad. Diners can also choose each course separately, all of which are designed for two people. The cocktail menu includes many unique options, including the “On a Cloud,” a fruit-based drink topped with cotton candy as well as the famous EasySpeak smoked old fashioned.

Personalized cutting boards adorn the walls of fondue.

“Marissa and Zack King outdid themselves again with fondue.,” Erin Germick posted. “So much hard work and dedication went into their new restaurant. The aesthetic is gorgeous and the food was absolutely delicious.”

The new restaurant features walls adorned with greenery and historic photos of Milford as well as cutting boards of all shapes and sizes. Many of the boards feature the names of those who have supported the King’s throughout their journey. All tables as well as the bar feature burners where guests can enjoy the wide range of sauces available. Cheese options include classic Swiss, Wisconsin-aged cheddar, bacon, cheddar and ranch, fontina, spinach and artichoke or South of the Border. The cheese course includes dippers like broccoli, carrots, peppers, Granny Smith apples and more.

In addition to the cheese course, the entrée options include classic vegetable, the fondue. signature, steakhouse bone broth, Eastern Shore, Pad Thai or Tikki Masala. Dippers include shrimp, chicken and filet mignon along with mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, broccoli and celery. Upgraded proteins include maple leaf duck breast, fresh-water lobster tail, fresh octopus medallions or Iberico pork tenderloin. The chocolate course offers an option of either milk, dark or white chocolate that can be specialized. Specialty flavors include s’mores, caramel turtle, Reese’s bomb or Spike it Up. The Spike It Up version includes flambeed bourbon or spiced rum. Dippers include Rice Krispie treats, banana, strawberries, pound cake, chocolate chip cookies and brownies.

Walnut Street entrance of fondue.

“Not sure what I was most impressed with,” Chrissy Utberg Bartz posted. “Delicious cocktails powered by EasySpeak Spirits, the cheddar bacon ranch cheese fondue, a flavorful homemade broth with huge portions of chicken, ahi tuna, filet duck and shrimp or the chocolate with homemade Rice Krispie treats. And the atmosphere and service were exceptional. Don’t wait to make your reservation. Do it now or gather up your friends and head over to hang and enjoy fondue at the amazing bar. You will not be disappointed.”

Marissa thanked all of those who pulled both her and Zack aside to tell them how proud they were and how much they appreciated what the couple is doing for Milford.

“People we have never even met before being appreciative,” Marissa posted. “I am awful at accepting compliments so although I may shrug it off and say something like ‘hehe, we are trying,’ you have no idea how much it means to us. To see the long long days, time away from our families, time away from our daughter, being recognized and appreciated so much. To our family at EasySpeak, we love y’all and that’s just what each of you are to us – family. We spend more time with you guys than we do with our friends or families. To our patrons, we literally couldn’t do it without each of you.”

fondue. is located at 39 North Walnut Street in downtown Milford and are open Thursday through Sunday starting at 4 PM. Reservations can be made by visiting  The restaurant is also hiring bartenders, servers and kitchen staff. Anyone interested should apply on their website.

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