Jerrod Melman is an Executive Partner at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. He has opened restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. In 2008, Jerrod, along with his partners, opened HUB 51 and lower-level club SUB 51 in downtown Chicago.
Since then, he has opened more than a dozen Lettuce restaurants including RPM Italian, RPM Steak, Bub City and Three Dots and A Dash. Since graduating from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Jerrod has worked with other renowned hospitality groups, including BR Guest Hospitality and Union Square Hospitality Group in New York as well as In-N-Out Burger in Arizona.
In addition to building the RPM and San brands of restaurants, Jerrod and his partners have introduced several new projects, including Bub City and Joe’s Live – a restaurant and music venue in Rosemont, IL and an Italian-American comfort food restaurant, il Porcellino.
In December 2017, the team behind Ramen-san introduced Sushi-san, a casual sushi spot in River North, followed by two additional Ramen-san locations in Chicago’s Fulton Market and Ramen-san Deluxe in Streeterville neighborhood in 2018 and Sushi-san at Chicago's iconic Willis Tower in 2021. In 2022, Jerrod and his team introduced The Omakase Room at Sushi-san, a unique omakase restaurant in River North.
In 2019, Jerrod and his partners introduced Pizzeria Portofino and RPM Events, and in January 2020, RPM Seafood opened, all three part of the multi-concept project on the Chicago Riverfront. Most recently, the RPM brand expanded to Las Vegas with the opening of RPM Italian at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.