Food lovers have found new playgrounds of the palate in the splashy multistation food halls popping up these days. However, the notion of a portfolio of restaurant-quality food stations under one roof has an antecedent in Foodlife, the Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises concept that opened in Chicago in 1993.
 As industry veterans may recall, the brand-new Richard Melman-created “food forum” was a must stop for attendees of the National Restaurant Association Show that spring. ...

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