Molly Melman is partner and divisional training manager for HUB 51, SUB 51, Studio Paris, RPM Italian, Bub City, Three Dots and a Dash, Ramen-san, RPM Steak, Bub City & Joe’s Live Rosemont, and il Porcellino.
In 2007, Molly graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology and soon moved to the East Coast to teach kindergarten in the South Bronx through the nonprofit organization Teach for America. After moving back to Chicago, she joined her brothers, R.J. and Jerrod, as they were opening HUB 51 in River North in June 2008. Eager to help out at their new venture, Molly began hosting at the restaurant to learn the ins and outs of the operational aspect of the industry she grew up in. Soon after, she moved into a management role.
From there, Molly was able to combine her teaching skills with her restaurant background and moved into the role of divisional training manager in 2011 and helped to rewrite Lettuce’s training program. In this position, she is responsible for interviewing and hiring, as well as facilitating staff training classes and ongoing employee development. As Molly says, “The most rewarding part of my day is when I can connect with our employees and am able to show off the culture that we’ve created.”
Molly has helped to open several restaurants in and around Chicago, including RPM Italian and RPM Steak with celebrity partners Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Studio Paris, Bub City, Three Dots and a Dash, Ramen-san, and il Porcellino in downtown Chicago, as well as Bub City and Joe’s Live in Rosemont, Illinois. In June 2016, Molly played a large role in the expansion to Washington, D.C., opening the second location of RPM Italian. Bringing the Lettuce culture to a new city brought on a whole new set of challenges that Molly was able to take on with her team.
In 2017, Molly helped lead the force to create the Rowe Club, a Lettuce Entertain You organization created to empower women in the restaurant industry.