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Siblings Revitalize Dad's Hospitality Business

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Jerrod, Molly and RJ Melman were all in their 20s when they opened their first restaurant, Hub 51, in 2008. It was the initial attempt by Chicago hospitality group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE)--co-founded in 1971 by their father, Richard Melman--to appeal to a young-adult clientele. "What we brought to the table was a more youthful energy, a bar-focused, nightlife-driven division," Jerrod says.

Now a new group of establishments that began with Hub 51, headed by that next generation of Melmans, comprises several properties: Sub 51, Hub's lower-level lounge; casual French restaurant Paris Club; Studio Paris; RPM Italian; and BBQ joint Bub City--all in Chicago; plus M Street Kitchen and two Stella Barra Pizzeria locations in Los Angeles.

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