Kevin Brown brings more than 30 years of experience and leadership in the restaurant industry to his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lettuce Entertain You® Enterprises, Inc. (LEYE). LEYE is one of the most highly regarded multi-concept restaurant companies with more than 100 restaurants compromised of 51 individual concepts.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Lettuce, Kevin’s emphasis is on continuing the trend of innovation and creating new concepts while strategically growing existing successful concepts. Kevin works with Chairman and Founder, Richard Melman, and other key members of the Lettuce senior management team to continue to grow and develop the company.
Kevin is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and attended the hospitality school at Michigan State. He was the first candidate Rich Melman interviewed on campus in 1977 and upon graduating later that year, was offered a job at R.J. Grunts, the original Lettuce restaurant.
In his early years at Lettuce, Kevin held management positions at The Pump Room and Un Grand Café, where in 1981 he was awarded his first partnership opportunity. He later developed some of Lettuce’s most popular concepts including Shaw’s Crab House, Mity Nice Bar & Grill and the highly successful Big Bowl, which opened May 1992, and was followed by several additional stores in Chicago as well as locations in Minnesota and Virginia.
Throughout his career at LEYE, Kevin’s successes were rewarded with increased responsibilities. He was made President of Lettuce in 2001 and in 2003, Kevin was officially named President and CEO of Lettuce Entertain You.
Kevin is a committed participant in the community and dedicates time to civic duties as a Board Member of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University and is on the Executive Committee of the University of Chicago Medical Center.