Jerrod Melman is managing partner of HUB 51, SUB 51, Paris Club, Studio Paris, RPM Italian, Bub City and Three Dots and a Dash - the dining, nightlife and social establishments created by him and his siblings, RJ and Molly, in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, M Street Kitchen and Stella Barra Pizzeria in Hollywood and Santa Monica, California and R.J. Grunts and Summer House Santa Monica in Lincoln Park.
Jerrod’s earliest memories of working in restaurants began at the young age of 10 as a busboy at the original Maggiano’s. After Maggiano’s, Jerrod took a five-year hiatus from the restaurant business to pursue other interests, namely finishing grade school. During high school and college, he held various roles in a dozen or so Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) restaurants, as well as In-N-Out Burger in Arizona, learning the business from the ground up.
The summer before his senior year in college, he participated in the LEYE internship program which solidified his interest in pursuing a restaurant career. After graduating from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Jerrod managed LEYE restaurants Osteria Via Stato and R.J. Grunts and gained valuable experience in New York at B.R. Guests and Union Square Hospitality Group.
Jerrod brings this wealth of restaurant knowledge to each new venture he pursues. In June 2008, along with his brother RJ, he opened HUB 51 and lower-level club SUB 51, offering Chicago’s most coveted neighborhood a unique mixture of dining, nightlife and entertainment. The brothers teamed up with internationally-acclaimed Chef Joho to introduce Paris Club, a casual French restaurant and bar that opened in February 2011. Four months later, the duo opened exclusive indoor/outdoor lounge Studio Paris above the restaurant. In February 2012, Jerrod, RJ, and their sister Molly partnered with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic and celebrated chef Doug Psaltis to open RPM Italian, presenting a menu that is Italian in spirit and modern in style.
In December 2012, the Melman siblings, in partnership with chef Psaltis, renowned mixologist Paul McGee and Joe’s Bar founders Ed Warm and Tom DiSanto, opened country bar and restaurant, Bub City. In summer 2013, the tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash opened, also in Chicago's River North neighborhood.
A longtime Chicago resident, Jerrod is an avid supporter of several local philanthropic and community initiatives. He also enjoys playing basketball and softball, going to the movies, and a night out with good friends.