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Rich Melman

Born: Mar 14, 1942

Birthplace: Chicago

Nationality: United States

Rich Melman

Date of Birth : Mar 14, 1942
Birth Place : Chicago

Rich Melman is the founder of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a privately held restaurant company with more than 70 venues. Melman serves as Chairman of the Board of LEYE. He creates restaurant concepts. As such he is a corporate executive who sees himself as an artist. In 1971, Melman and Jerry A. Orzoff founded R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Melman and Orzoff continued their partnership, developing a number of restaurants, until Orzoff died in 1981. Melman continued his philosophy of "partnership" and now has 37 working partners.

Also known as

  • Richard Melman


  • Martha Melman

Awards Won

  • James Beard Award for Outstanding Service
  • James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur
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