Our Culture Of Caring

We are caring
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Caring For Yourself

You can only care for others if you take good care of yourself. We support your efforts to be physically and emotionally well.

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Caring For Each Other

Our success depends on everyone working together as a team. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength and we are always there for each other.

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Caring For Our Guests

We do whatever it takes to make every guest happy. We call it above and beyond.


Our commitment to caring for our guests comes from a love of food and beverage and a passion for guest service at every point of contact.
We train our talented teams to select, prepare and serve the highest quality products and to deliver the best possible total dining experience to our guests.

We Care About You

Benefits are an important part of where you choose to work. We provide a competitive rewards package that recognizes what you bring to Lettuce and what you contribute when you’re here. And we are always looking for new and better ways to help you care for yourself and for your family – because happy and healthy teams take better care of our guests and each other.

Although benefits eligibility varies based on things like position, hours worked, location and length of service, and all benefits are subject to change, some of the benefits you might expect are listed here. More details are available throughout the application and hiring process.

Lettuce Help You Fund

The Lettuce Help You Fund is one of the many ways our employees care for each other. Non-supervisory restaurant employees may donate as little as $1.00 per paycheck to help fellow employees in need. A committee of peers awards financial assistance to anonymous employees who are facing an eligible catastrophic financial hardship.
Some examples of past recipients include employees who needed help paying household bills due to unexpected illness, faced eviction or foreclosure, required airfare to attend the funeral of a loved one, and had to relocate their homes due to floods and fires. Employees caring for employees.
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“We are committed to the development of our people, which in turn leads to the success of our business.”

Rich Melman, Founder and Chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Job Development and Advancement

Everyone at Lettuce is encouraged to develop and grow in their own way, and those with the desire, qualifications and drive find real opportunity for advancement. There’s proof: a lot of Lettuce leaders began their careers in entry-level positions in our restaurants. The secret to their success is no secret. It’s dedication to excellence, outstanding performance and consistently going above and beyond.

What Will You Do at Lettuce?

Our History

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc., one of the most influential restaurant organizations in the country, currently owns, licenses or manages more than 60 brands and 100 establishments in Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, California, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia.

More Than 60 Brands &
100 Establishments

Lettuce was founded as a result of joining Richard Melman’s innovative ideas with the business acumen of Jerry A. Orzoff, Melman’s first partner. A successful real estate agent, Orzoff (who died in 1981 at the age of 45) played a crucial role in Melman’s life as a friend and mentor. “Jerry was a guy I respected and related to. He believed in my ideas. Meeting him in 1970 was the turning point in my life.”
Melman and Orzoff became business partners and raised $17,000 to create a hip burger joint geared toward young singles interested in rock music, casual clothes, healthy food and fun drinks. The menu was designed to appeal to a variety of tastes and included everything from vegetarian and macrobiotic foods to hamburgers, sandwiches, milkshakes and the first salad bar. R.J. Grunts opened in Lincoln Park on June 10, 1971, and soon became one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago and then the nation. It was iconoclastic in its day and is still considered a forerunner in the trend towards dining out as entertainment that swept the country in the early 1970’s.
“Lettuce Entertain You started because of ideas. We are a group of entrepreneurs who work 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 and Chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises

Successful Restaurants
Since 1971

More unique concepts followed, and with each new restaurant the company grew and Melman’s style continued to evolve. Since 1971, Lettuce has created high quality, successful restaurants that range from Michelin-starred fine dining to fast casual burger joints, from quick-serve Asian fare to upscale Italian cuisine, from sushi to Spanish tapas and much more.
Melman’s guiding philosophy is that he is not interested in being the biggest, the richest or the most well-known restaurateur. He has always just wanted to be the best he can be. He places enormous value on the people who work for Lettuce and feels tremendous responsibility for their continued success

No Signs Of Stopping

“We’re a very disciplined organization. We run restaurants well,” says Melman, who was honored with the James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur Award in 2011 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. “People think of us as creative–and I do believe we possess creativity, but more importantly, we play good solid ball. We surround ourselves with good people and we train them well. And, we work very hard.” Adds Melman of Lettuce’s success, “We’ve had the ability to give people what they want almost before they know they want it. You can call it trendsetting. I prefer to call it the ability to listen to people.”

For more details about Lettuce and the Lettuce story, visit www.lettuce.com.