About Lettuce Entertain You

“Lettuce Entertain You started because of ideas. We are a band of entrepreneurs that do something under one umbrella and it’s our culture of caring that bonds us. Caring about the food, service, our people and our guests.”

– Rich Melman, Founder of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

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Who We Are

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. (LEYE) is an independent, family-owned restaurant group based in Chicago that owns, manages and licenses more than 120 establishments in Illinois, Arizona, Minnesota, Maryland, Nevada, California, Virginia and Washington D.C. We were founded in June 1971 by Richard Melman and Jerry A. Orzoff with the opening of R.J. Grunts and today, thanks to the creativity of our partners, we proudly service guests at more than 60 concepts ranging from fast casual restaurants like M Burger and Wow Bao to fine dining, Michelin-starred establishment, Everest.

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Fast Facts

  • Open on Earth, June 10, 1971

    Lettuce opened on earth, June 10, 1971 with the opening of R.J. Grunts in Chicago’s Lincoln Park

  • We Operate Over 100 Restaurants

    Lettuce owns and operates over 60 unique restaurant concepts from fine dining restaurants like Everest to fast casual concepts like M Burger. Our goal is not to be the biggest, but to be the best we can be.

  • The Lettuce Entertain You Test Kitchen

    The Lettuce Lab is our test kitchen located at the corporate office. It’s here where restaurant concepts are born and recipes are tested daily. Hundreds of chefs have worked in the Lettuce Lab over the years and our corporate chef/ partner Rita Dever oversees it all.

     

     

  • Over 7,500 Beloved Employees

    Lettuce proudly employs over 7,500 employees. We have all levels, positions and opportunities.

  • James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

    Our Founder Rich Melman was honored with the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his dedication and thought leadership in the hospitality industry.

     

     

Our History

On earth since June, 1971, Lettuce Entertain You has unveiled a plethora of restaurants across the country. From burger joints to fine dining, Michelin-starred restaurants, our company is diverse, ever-evolving and imaginative.

1970
June 10, 1971: Lettuce Entertain You is Open on Earth
June 1971
June 10, 1971: Lettuce Entertain You is Open on Earth

Richard Melman and his partner Jerry Orzoff open R.J. Grunts in Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Lettuce Entertain You is born.

Lettuce Entertain You Re-creates the Pump Room
June 1976
Lettuce Entertain You Re-creates the Pump Room
1980
Ambria Becomes our First Fine Dining Restaurant
June 1980
Ambria Becomes our First Fine Dining Restaurant

Lettuce Entertain You opens Ambria, our first fine dining restaurant.

Lettuce Takes Over Chicago's River North
June 1984
Lettuce Takes Over Chicago's River North

Lettuce Entertain You enters into (what was) an un-tested neighborhood, Chicago’s River North, with concepts like Ed Debevic’s, Shaw’s Crab House and Scoozi.

1990
Tucci Benucch Becomes the First Lettuce Restaurant in Minnesota
June 1992
Tucci Benucch Becomes the First Lettuce Restaurant in Minnesota
May 1993
Introducing one of Chicago's Very First Food halls

Foodlife becomes one of the Windy City’s very first food hall concepts, opening in Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue.

September 1999
Lettuce Entertain You Heads to Las Vegas

Mon Ami Gabi and Eiffel Tower Restaurant open in Las Vegas, right on the strip!

2000
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Comes to the Windy City
October 2000
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Comes to the Windy City

Lettuce Entertain You partners with Miami’s famous Joe’s Stone Crab to open the first Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in Chicago.

March 2002
Mon Ami Gabi Heads to D.C.

The first restaurant in the D.C. area opens with Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda, MD.

August 2003
Kevin Brown is named CEO of Lettuce Entertain You
Hub 51 is Now Open
August 2008
Hub 51 is Now Open

R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman open their first restaurant Hub 51 in Chicago’s River North.

2010
April 2011
Lettuce Opens on the West Coast

M Street Kitchen and Stella Barra Pizzeria open in Los Angeles.

The RPM Brand is Born
February 2012
The RPM Brand is Born

R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman partner with celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Chef Doug Psaltis to open RPM Italian, a modern Italian restaurant in Chicago.

It's Tiki Time
June 2013
It's Tiki Time

Three Dots and a Dash, Lettuce Entertain You’s first cocktail bar is now open. This award-winning tiki bar was named one of the “Best Bars in America” by Esquire Magazine and would later become one of the most Instagrammed restaurants in the country.

Rich Melman is awarded the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award
May 2015
Rich Melman is awarded the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award
RJ Melman headshot
September 2017
R.J. Melman is named President of Lettuce Entertain You

Press Kits

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Press Releases

PEAPOD PARTNERS WITH WILDFIRE and BIG BOWL TO CREATE NEW MEAL KITS

Apr 12, 2018

Chicago, IL - April 12, 2018 — Peapod, the country’s leading online grocer, announces the expansion of its popular meal kit line with its first ever restaurant collaboration. In 2014, Peapod began offering a variety of meal kits, and today continues to innovate with a partnership with two Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises® restaurants including Big Bowl®, known… read more ›

BEATRIX MARKET DEPAUL LOOP OPENING TODAY

Apr 04, 2018

CHICAGO, IL. – April 3, 2018–  Beatrix Market is now open on DePaul’s Loop campus (23 E. Jackson Blvd). This is the second standalone location and is the fourth of its kind in Chicago. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder Rich Melman, Executive Partner and Divisional President Marc Jacobs and Chef… read more ›

RPM RESTAURANTS TO OPEN FOUR-LEVEL CHICAGO WATERFRONT PROPERTY

Mar 12, 2018

CHICAGO – RPM On The Water, a dramatic four-level restaurant and events venue, is slated to open on the north side of Chicago’s downtown riverfront at 321 N. Clark Street. This marks the fourth collaboration for the RPM Restaurants team of partners, celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic, acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis and siblings R.J.,… read more ›

The National Restaurant Association Announces New Board Officers for 2018

Jan 25, 2018

Washington, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) today announced the swearing in of officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. Jay Stieber, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, will serve as Chair of the NRA board, and Sam Facchini, co-founder/co-owner and… read more ›

Sushi-san is Now Open

Dec 26, 2017

From the team behind Ramen-san comes Sushi-san – serving up fresh fish with fresher beats – now open at 63 W. Grand Avenue in River North. With crispy hand rolls, bincho-tan roasted meats and ice-cold beer – this is not your typical sushi joint. Sushi-san uses the best ingredients it can get its hands on… read more ›

In The News

12 Country Music Festivals You Won't Want to Miss

Country Living |
Dahna Chandler |
Apr 21, 2018
Original Article: "12 Country Music Festivals You Won't Want to Miss"

Located at unique venues across America, there's something for every country music fan. With longer days and warmer weather comes the start of festival season. You know what we're talking about: weekends spent outdoors, in the company of friends, while enjoying good food, cold drinks, and live entertainment—namely, your favorite country stars, including Keith Urban, Florida… read more ›

Ultimate guide to best lunches in the Loop

Chicago Tribune |
Nick Kindelsperger |
Apr 20, 2018
Original Article: "Ultimate guide to best lunches in the Loop"

                  Beatrix Market Nick Kindelsperger / Chicago Tribune Because of its excessive girth and long cooking time, deep dish pizza is not a lunchtime staple in the Loop. Let's face it, tackling most versions is a sit-down job. The great exception is the adorable individual-size deep dish… read more ›

Washingtonian Recommends: The Best Pasta Restaurants Around DC

Washingtonian |
Staff |
Apr 20, 2018
Original Article: "Best of Washington 2018"

RPM Italian 601 Massachusetts Ave., NW Glitzy owners—who include reality-TV personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic—and a black-windowed Vegas vibe have a way of making discerning eaters nervous. And while there are areas to avoid on RPM’s Italian menu (bill-padding antipasti such as lobster caprese salad and octopus with chickpeas, for instance), the place does right… read more ›

Chicago’s Best Pizza: Stella Barra Pizzeria

WGN-TV Chicago's Best |
Randell Golman |
Apr 19, 2018
Original Article: "Chicago's Best Pizza: Stella Barra Pizzeria"

California is all about the sun, and Elliott Bambrough is catching some rays and some pizza in Lincoln Park. Watch the clip here: http://chicagosbesttv.com/2018/04/16/chicagos-best-pizza-6-stella-barra-pizzeria/ read more ›

Spring has sprung at Beatrix

DiningOut Chicago |
Kaleigh Glaza |
Apr 18, 2018
Original Article: "Eat, Drink, and Think Spring at Beatrix"

Spring is that weird season that never seems to arrive, right before we are fully engrossed in the Chicago summer. There are a few days here and there of mild weather, but the charm of spring is so fleeting that you might miss it if you’re not looking carefully. Luckily, Beatrix {various locations} is bringing the season to… read more ›

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