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.Meet The Partners
Who We Are
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.
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.
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
Ambria Becomes our First Fine Dining Restaurant
Lettuce Entertain You opens Ambria, our first fine dining restaurant.
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.
Tucci Benucch Becomes the First Lettuce Restaurant in Minnesota
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.
Lettuce Entertain You Heads to Las Vegas
Mon Ami Gabi and Eiffel Tower Restaurant open in Las Vegas, right on the strip!
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.
Mon Ami Gabi Heads to D.C.
The first restaurant in the D.C. area opens with Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda, MD.
Kevin Brown is named CEO of Lettuce Entertain You
Hub 51 is Now Open
R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman open their first restaurant Hub 51 in Chicago’s River North.
Lettuce Opens on the West Coast
M Street Kitchen and Stella Barra Pizzeria open in Los Angeles.
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
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
Interested in learning more about Lettuce Entertain You and our restaurants?Lettuce Entertain You Press Kit
RPM RESTAURANTS TO OPEN FOUR-LEVEL CHICAGO WATERFRONT PROPERTY
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
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
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 ›
Beatrix Market DePaul Loop Campus Opening Spring 2018
Neighborhood grab-and-go market, salad bar, pizza counter and lounge opens at DePaul University Loop Campus This spring, Beatrix Market will open its second stand-alone location in the Loop (23 E. Jackson Blvd) and will be the fourth of its kind in Chicago. The concept was created by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Founder Rich Melman, Executive… read more ›
WOW BAO SET TO LAUNCH THE FIRST FULLY AUTOMATED DINING EXPERIENCE IN CHICAGO
Wow Bao, the fast-casual concept specializing in savory steamed buns, pan-seared dumplings, and rice & noodle bowls is opening its sixth Chicago location at 1 West Division Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The next-generation store, opening December 1, is set to become Chicago’s first and only fully automated dining experience. read more ›
In The News
The Best New Event Spaces of 2018
After a record number of submissions, what follows are 31 spots that are the most intriguing venues we've encountered. To qualify, a space must have opened or been rehabbed in the past 15 months. One prominent trend? Refashioning vintage buildings. Stratford on the Park Address: Lincoln Park/2300 N. Lincoln Park West Website: stratfordonthepark.com Capacity: 160 seated, 200 standing… read more ›
How a Wine Director Markets International Bottles in Chicago
In our series 5 Bottles I Sold Last Night, sommeliers and wine directors talk about the bottles that they’re selling, giving tips and context for making the sale. It seems just about everybody in Chicago has a story about the Pump Room—the Ambassador Hotel’s legendary dining room, which was long touted as the place in town for great… read more ›
Fin-atics get their fix at Chicago's best seafood restaurants
Seafood is hard to do well at home and it's best to buy fish fresh and prepare it that night, neither undercooking nor turning it into a Dr. Scholl’s shoe insert. Good luck with that after a long day at work - or just rely on any of these sea faring eateries. What's your go-to? Oysters,… read more ›
8 chefs share why they use Instagram
We wanted to know the benefits chefs find in the photo-sharing platform. Food photography has become a cult of sorts, especially on Instagram, the photo-sharing social media platform, which currently has more than 246 million posts tagged #food. But it’s not just food lovers who are using Instagram: Chefs are smartly utilizing the platform, too. We… read more ›
RPM Restaurants plans four-level seafood spot on the riverfront
Lettuce Entertain You is at it again, this time with the fourth iteration of the popular RPM Restaurants brand. RPM On The Water is slated to open next summer at 321 North Clark Street, sandwiched between River Roast and Marina Towers along the Chicago River. The restaurant, its adjoining events venue and a yet-to-be-named casual concept… read more ›