CHICAGO Long celebrated as one of the pre-eminent developers of inventive and profitable restaurant concepts, Richard Melman, founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, will be honored as Nation's Restaurant News' 2009 Pioneer Award winner. Melman opened his first concept in Chicago nearly 40 years ago and since then has applied his tireless creativity, wry sense of humor and deep-rooted understanding of the business to building a mini-empire that today spans 80 locations. ...

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