Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. (LEYE), is the largest privately held multi-concept restaurant group in the country and currently owns, licenses or manages more than 60 brands and 130 establishments in 13 states.
LEYE was founded when Richard Melman and Jerry A. Orzoff. created R.J. Grunt.The restaurant opened on June 10, 1971, and soon became one of the most innovative restaurants in the nation.
As one of the first, multi-concept restaurant groups, LEYE began to add more unique concepts to the rolodex. We are proud to say that LEYE has consistently produced high quality restaurants that focus on providing great hospitality ranging from Michelin-starred fine dining to fast casual burger joints, and everything in between. Melman's guiding philosophy is that he is not interested in being the biggest, the richest or the most well-known restaurateur, but to be the best he can be. LEYE has always considered ourselves a “school for entrepreneurs” and Rich places enormous value on our people and feels tremendous responsibility for their continued success. LEYE is proud of the talented alumni who got their start with us and have gone on to open their own restaurants, become award-winning chefs and more.