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 130 establishments in Illinois, 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 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 130 Restaurants

    Lettuce owns and operates more than 60 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

Wow Bao is Celebrating National Bao Day with Free Eats Delivered Exclusively by DoorDash
Aug 13, 2020

Saturday, August 22 is National Bao Day! Wow Bao, the fast-casual Asian concept known for its signature steamed buns, is celebrating by offering guests free eats up to $15 per order, plus free delivery, exclusively via DoorDash.  The first 500 people who order delivery from select Chicago Wow Bao locations via DoorDash will receive up… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You is Bringing Back Ben Pao
Jul 31, 2020

Ben Pao is back serving up a menu of its greatest hits available for carryout and delivery Wednesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner, with dining room and patio service at Hub 51 to follow. The menu will include more than a dozen signature family-style dishes like Ben Pao Egg Rolls, Cool Peanut Noodles, Crispy… read more ›

El Segundo Sol Re-opens for Dine-in, Carryout & Delivery
May 22, 2020

El Segundo Sol is excited to welcome guests back safely to the dining room and patio for lunch and dinner service from 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM every day. Reservations are required for dine-in and patio. Click here to make your reservation.  The restaurant is introducing a new All Day Menu featuring authentic Mexican favorites… read more ›

Lettuce Delivered: Enjoy Dishes From Multiple Restaurants, All Delivered at Once
May 18, 2020

Do you miss visiting your favorite Lettuce Entertain You restaurants? We miss you too! Introducing Lettuce Delivered! A new delivery offering for Chicago’s northern suburbs from Lettuce Entertain You that brings together the greatest hits from some of your favorite Lettuce restaurants, delivered right to your doorstep.  Place your order for Lettuce Delivered online via… read more ›

Pizzeria Portofino Returns for Delivery & Carryout Five Days a Week
May 13, 2020

Starting today, Chicago's favorite riverfront spot, Pizzeria Portofino, is returning for delivery and carryout every Wednesday – Sunday from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Enjoy Portofino favorites such as Charred Pepperoni and Pugliese Pizzas, Meatball Parmigiana and Baked Rigatoni Amatriciana for your next picnic or night out at home. Three different Spritz Kits (Venetian, Amalfi and Portofino), the signature Portofino Pils from 18th Street Brewery and nearly two dozen wines… read more ›

RPM Seafood is Now Offering Special Carryout Menus
May 08, 2020

RPM Seafood returns with two carry-out menus offered daily from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Enjoy either a three- or four-course menu that each serves two guests and includes favorite signature dishes and dessert from RPM Seafood. Guests can order carry-out from RPM Seafood exclusively through Tock.  RPM Seafood carry-out orders can be picked up at RPM Steak, located at 66 W. Kinzie. The Menus: Three-Course Menu:… read more ›

Hub 51 is Back for Carryout and Delivery
May 08, 2020

Hub 51 is back for carryout and delivery with a greatest hits menu. Available for lunch and dinner, Hub favorites like the Shaki Shaki Tuna, Pulled Chicken Nachos, Martha's Special Occasion Carrot Cake, and lots more are now available for guests to enjoy at home. To see the opening menu for Hub 51, click here. … read more ›

Chef J. Joho & Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Brings Back Brasserie Jo
Apr 27, 2020

The Iconic French Restaurant Launches a Limited Time Only Carryout Menu For a limited time, Chef J. Joho is bringing back casual French fare from his namesake restaurant, Brasserie Jo. Brasserie Jo is now available for carryout only and guests can choose between a menu for two for $32.95, plus tax or a menu for… read more ›

Beatrix Market DePaul Loop Launches Virtual Marketplace
Apr 24, 2020

Beatrix Market DePaul Loop is launching Beatrix Market & Grocery - a new virtual marketplace today. This allows you to shop your Beatrix Market favorites from basics like chocolates, nuts and chips to making your own sandwiches, flatbreads, and more.  Orders are available for pick-up from Beatrix Market DePaul Loop location (23 E. Jackson Blvd) Monday-Friday from… read more ›

A Re-Imagined Tallboy Taco is Opening This Spring in Streeterville
Feb 20, 2020

Coming soon to Streeterville, a re-imagined Tallboy Taco (676 N. St. Clair St.) will open this spring with a brand new menu. The fast-casual taco restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 7 AM - 8 PM, and offer carryout, delivery and off-premise catering. The new restaurant will feature an expansive 85-seat patio… read more ›

RPM Seafood Now Open on the Chicago Riverfront
Jan 23, 2020

The Seafood-Focused Restaurant Completes the Final Phase of the 317 N. Clark St. Project RPM Seafood, a seafood-focused restaurant from the RPM team of partners including R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic, is now open at 317 N. Clark St. on the Chicago River.… read more ›

WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT IS BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER WITH STAR-STUDDED MUSIC LINEUP
Jan 21, 2020

CHICAGO - January 21, 2020 - In its eighth year, Windy City Smokeout announces its most impressive music lineup to date. The nation’s premier outdoor country music and BBQ festival will return to Chicago on July 10-12, 2020, outside of the iconic United Center at 1901 W. Madison Street. Hosted by popular barbecue joint, Bub… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises & Grubhub Launch Padma’s Curry Leaf
Jan 15, 2020

The delivery-only restaurant dishes out traditional Indian cuisine to Chicago starting today CHICAGO, IL --- Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE), a multi-concept restaurant group, and Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB), the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, are launching the third virtual concept in their Chicago-based partnership with Padma’s Curry Leaf, an authentic Indian… read more ›

Dance Studio Vol. 1 Grand Unveiling on Saturday, January 18
Jan 14, 2020

Chicago’s best dance party kicks off this weekend in River North and you’re invited Dance Studio Vol. 1 will open its doors Saturday, January 18, debuting the full club for the very first time. The new dance club is a partnership between Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and veteran Los Angeles-based nightlife operators, brothers Fred Grimmel… read more ›

Introducing Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar in Santa Monica
Nov 25, 2019

The original Stella Barra adds pastas, tavern-style pizza, expanded wine list and more Stella Barra in Santa Monica is transforming into Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar, debuting a new menu that includes Italian wine bar favorites, in addition to featuring the restaurant’s signature hand-stretched pizzas. From Chef / Partner Jeff Mahin and Executive Chef… read more ›

Wildfire's Signature Chopped Salad Comes Home to Chicago In a New Meal Kit By Peapod
Nov 07, 2019

Peapod, the country’s leading online grocer, announces the expansion of its successful meal kit collaboration with the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’®, adding three new meal kits by Wildfire®, a classic steakhouse specializing in chops and seafood.  Peapod is now offering the Wildfire® Signature Chopped Salad meal kit complete with roasted chicken, tomatoes, bacon, avocado, corn… read more ›

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and The Alinea Group are pleased to announce their first ever collaboration: Ambria 2020.
Oct 28, 2019

For 27 years Ambria set the standard for French fine dining in the city of Chicago. Beloved for its classical influences paired with warm, often humorous service and an incredible wine program, Ambria was the touchpoint of classical cuisine for a generation of Chicagoans. Four years ago Alinea Group co-founder Nick Kokonas suggested to LEYE… read more ›

Sushi-San Opening Second Location in Early 2020
Oct 03, 2019

EQ Office, the U.S. office portfolio company wholly owned by Blackstone’s real estate funds, today announced Sushi-San will open a second location at Willis Tower. The sushi spot will be located in Catalog, the 300,000 square feet, five-story dining, retail and immersive-entertainment experience at the base of Willis Tower, which is now under construction. This… read more ›

Aba to Open In Austin, Texas
Sep 25, 2019

Aba will open its second location in Music Lane in Austin, Texas in Spring 2020. This is Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ first restaurant to open in Texas. The concept was created by Executive Partner and Divisional President Marc Jacobs and Chef Partner CJ Jacobson.  “Lettuce Entertain You is excited to open its first restaurant… read more ›

Bon Appétit Opens Virtual Restaurant in Chicago
Sep 24, 2019

Bon Appétit, the award-winning food lifestyle brand, announced today the launch of Bon Appétit, Delivered, a virtual restaurant featuring dishes curated by the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen. The delivery-only concept is available exclusively in Chicago through Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB), the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace. The virtual storefront is operated by… read more ›

In The News

Where to Eat in Chicago Right Now
Thrillist Chicago |
Nicole Schnitzler |
Aug 14, 2020
Original Article: "Where to Eat in Chicago Right Now"

It seems like overnight our lives changed in nearly every regard, from how we work and travel to how we exercise and gather. How we dine, of course, is no exception, with restaurant opening restrictions depending on the state, city, and venue itself -- and changing on the regular. It’s all the more reason to… read more ›

Order a picnic from these 31 restaurants near Chicago parks for the ultimate COVID-era hang
The Chicago Tribune |
Grace Wong |
Aug 7, 2020
Original Article: "Order a picnic from these 31 restaurants near Chicago parks for the ultimate COVID-era hang"

During a summer laced with anxiety, socially distanced picnics in the park have become my favorite pandemic pastime. With my mask on and tiny cooler in tow, attending these small gatherings has been a much-needed respite from the isolation I’ve felt in pursuit of keeping myself and others safe from a virus that has killed… read more ›

Where to Eat Oysters Outside in Chicago Right Now
Thrillist |
Meredith Heil |
Jul 28, 2020
Original Article: "Where to Eat Oysters Outside in Chicago Right Now"

Summertime, and the living is… not so easy. It seems like we could all use an excuse to cast our 2020 troubles aside for a few moments and focus on the finer things in life -- namely oysters, preferably served raw and paired with a crisp lager or glass of bubbly. Here are a few… read more ›

Everest is Re-opening on July 30
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Jul 23, 2020

Everest is excited to open its doors on July 30 to offer guests a safe and delicious dining experience, complete with world-renowned French cuisine from award-winning Chef J. Joho and spectacular views of downtown Chicago from 40 floors up. While you can still expect the same memorable cuisine highlighting the finest seasonal fare and superb wine… read more ›

The 20 Essential Barbecue Restaurants in Chicago
Eater Chicago |
Ashok Selvam, Naomi Waxman, and Jeffy Mai |
Jul 16, 2020
Original Article: "The 20 Essential Barbecue Restaurants in Chicago"

Chicago is far from the South but residents here know a thing or two about barbecue. From tender Texas brisket to succulent St. Louis ribs, Chicagoans have come close to perfecting various styles of smoked meats. To help narrow down the long list of places in the city to find finger-licking good 'que, check out… read more ›

The Best Bars in America, 2020
Esquire |
Kevin Sintumuang |
Jul 14, 2020
Original Article: "The Best Bars in America, 2020"

What makes a bar an Esquire Best Bar?” It’s a question I get asked a lot, and I tend to dodge it, mainly because it’s so hard to answer in a satisfying and meaningful way. My canned reply is something like: a place that you love so much you can’t wait to experience it all… read more ›

A new tableside omakase experience offers socially distanced sushi in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Jul 14, 2020
Original Article: "A new tableside omakase experience offers socially distanced sushi in Chicago"

Sushi-san rolls out a new menu that spotlights fresh fish and choreographed service. High-end omakase experiences became a standout dining trend in Chicago last year, offering sushi aficionados a front-row seat to multi-course meals that showcase the freshest fish available. Traditionally, the sushi chefs stationed behind the counter hand-press warm rice and adorn it with swaths of raw… read more ›

5 Las Vegas-area restaurants to celebrate Bastille Day
Las Vegas Review-Journal |
Heidi Knapp Rinella |
Jul 10, 2020
Original Article: "5 Las Vegas-area restaurants to celebrate Bastille Day"

Bastille Day — or Fête Nationale in French — is celebrated in France on July 14 each year. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789, a watershed moment in the French revolution, and the Fête de Fédération the following year, which celebrated the country’s unity. Las Vegas’ French restaurants often celebrate the holiday… read more ›

Bastille Day Specials at Mon Ami Gabi
Vegas News |
VegasNews.com |
Jul 6, 2020
Original Article: "Bastille Day Specials at Mon Ami Gabi"

From Friday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 14, join Mon Ami Gabi in celebrating Bastille Day with limited-time specials that commemorate France’s history and food culture – available for dine-in. Pick and choose from Chilled Gazpacho with avocado and basil oil, Crispy Frog Legs, the always-filling Classic Seafood Bouillabaisse, and Tri-Color Profiteroles with blueberry sorbet and vanilla… read more ›

Where to Order To-Go Cocktails in Chicago
Eater Chicago |
Naomi Waxman |
Jun 29, 2020
Original Article: "Where to Order To-Go Cocktails in Chicago"

Chicago’s won’t be mistaken for Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but to-go cocktails have finally arrived as means to give bars a sorely needed revenue stream during the pandemic. Legally, drinks need to be sealed in tamper-proof packaging, and can’t be consumed on the roadways. In fact, drinks needed to be stored in the trunks of… read more ›

Chicago’s Best Spots for a Morning Coffee Caffeine Fix
Dining Out Chicago |
Dining Out Chicago |
Jun 26, 2020
Original Article: "Chicago’s Best Spots for a Morning Coffee Caffeine Fix"

Morning coffee is a key part of many people’s daily routine. Getting that caffeine fix is key, sure, but it’s also just the act of starting your day with a warm drink that appeals to so many people. And aside from big, national chains, there are more and more local spots opening up across the… read more ›

Here’s where to find the best to-go cocktails in Chicago
Time Out Chicago |
Morgan Olsen |
Jun 22, 2020
Original Article: "Here’s where to find the best to-go cocktails in Chicago"

In case you missed the booziest news of the month, to-go cocktails are now legal in Chicago, which means you can sip pre-mixed drinks crafted by some of the city's best bartenders from the comfort of your home. When you crack open your Negroni, martini or margarita, be sure to raise your bottle to the good… read more ›

Make Dad's day with a Father's Day grilling kit from a suburban restaurant
The Daily Herald |
Caroline Linden |
Jun 17, 2020
Original Article: "Make Dad's day with a Father's Day grilling kit from a suburban restaurant"

The age-old question is upon us again: What do I get Dad for Father's Day? (Psst … Dad's special day is Sunday, June 21, if you haven't been paying attention to the calendar much during the pandemic.) If he likes to grill, then you're in luck this year. Restaurants across the suburbs are offering Father's… read more ›

Restaurants Reopening for Outdoor Dining: A running list of restaurants back open after the COVID-19 pandemic

Chicago’s restaurants are slowly reopening as the city is allowing outdoor dining. Bars without food are still left without a lifeline as they remain closed. Many are hopeful restaurants will be allowed to reopen indoor dining later in June, but for now, patio season is back in Chicago. The following are just some restaurants that… read more ›

Down By The River: Restaurants You Can’t Miss
Concierge Preferred |
Monica Liwag |
Jun 12, 2020
Original Article: "Down By The River: Restaurants You Can’t Miss"

If there’s one thing that should be on your summer bucket list it’s dining al fresco along the Chicago River.  With infinite views of the most breathtaking buildings, it’s the perfect place where you can not only enjoy a delicious meal but sit down and take in the city at the same time! PIZZERIA PORTOFINO … read more ›

Around the World in Condiments: How to Upgrade Your Home Cooking (and Feel as if You’ve Gone Somewhere)

You may not be jetting off to far-flung locales this summer, but you can certainly stoke your wanderlust—and avoid culinary ennui—by incorporating global flavors into basic dishes. Chefs from some of our favorite hotels and restaurants offer up the secret sauce, so to speak, in the form of zesty salsas, spreads, and dips to upgrade… read more ›

El Segundo Sol Re-Opens for Dine-in, Carryout & Delivery
Vegas News |
Vegasnews.com |
May 26, 2020
Original Article: "El Segundo Sol Re-Opens for Dine-in, Carryout & Delivery"

El Segundo Sol is excited to welcome guests back safely to the dining room and patio for lunch and dinner service from 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM every day. Reservations are required for dine-in and patio. Click here to make your reservation.  The restaurant is introducing a new All Day Menu featuring authentic Mexican favorites like… read more ›

Chicago restaurants are offering grill kits for Memorial Day weekend
Time Out Chicago |
Zach Long |
May 22, 2020
Original Article: "Chicago restaurants are offering grill kits for Memorial Day weekend"

Fire up the grill and enjoy burgers, ribs, chicken and sausages supplied by restaurants throughout the city. The weekend when thousands of grills come out of hibernation is almost upon us, but you don't have to head to the grocery store to find something to cook outdoors. Many Chicago restaurants are offering Memorial Day grilling… read more ›

Happy hour helpers: Suburban restaurants sell cocktail kits to-go
The Daily Herald |
Scott Morgan |
May 22, 2020
Original Article: "Happy hour helpers: Suburban restaurants sell cocktail kits to-go"

When the coronavirus quarantine hit, Melanie Pasillas of Schaumburg and five of her friends agreed to regularly meet online over Zoom for a Margarita Friday happy hour. As a senior sales manager for Le Méridien Hotel in Oak Brook, it made sense for Pasillas to do curbside pickup after work at the nearby Perry's Steakhouse… read more ›

First Meal Back: Chef CJ Jacobson
InsideHook |
Meredith Heil |
May 20, 2020
Original Article: "First Meal Back: Chef CJ Jacobson"

In honor of all of the restaurants we dearly miss and can’t wait to get back to, we’re asking some of the country’s most decorated chefs to tell us about the meals that will be at the top of their list when Stay at Home orders finally lift. This is First Meal Back. CJ Jacobson,… read more ›

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