Richard Melman doesn’t pat the burgers as he did almost four decades ago when he opened R.J. Grunts, an eatery with a ‘70s vibe that’s still popular today. But the founder and chairman of Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc. still charts the company’s course when it comes to food.“I’m heavily involved in menu development and always have been,” says Melman, who fondly recalls his days manning the kitchen of Grunts, the first LEYE restaurant, which he opened in 1971 with his ...

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