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Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants and Tao Group Hospitality to collaborate on a one-of-a-kind private members club opening in late 2023 in Chicago

Two of the most prominent players in the hospitality industry, Tao Group Hospitality and Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, are joining forces for the first time to collaborate on a one-of-a-kind private members club located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The social club is targeted to open in late 2023.

“I have admired Lettuce and have been friends with the Melmans for almost 20 years. We are thrilled to be working together and think this will be one of the country’s most exciting membership clubs,” said Noah Tepperberg, Co-CEO of Tao Group Hospitality. 

“We are excited to collaborate with the Tao Group to open this private club in downtown Chicago,” said R.J. Melman, President of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants. “We believe this project will bring a new, curated social and dining experience to our community.”

The space will be designed by award-winning interior designer Joyce Wang of Joyce Wang Studio (Hong Kong, London). Joyce Wang and her team specialize in luxury hospitality and have a global portfolio and an international presence within the industry. 

More details on the social club will be coming soon.   

With over 50 years in the hospitality industry, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants is an independent, family-owned restaurant group based in Chicago that owns, manages and licenses more than 110 establishments in Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, Nevada, California, Virginia, Texas, Washington D.C. and Florida coming soon. Richard Melman and Jerry A. Orzoff founded Lettuce in June 1971 with the opening of R.J. Grunts. Today, thanks to the creativity of our partners, we proudly service guests at more than 60 concepts ranging from fast-casual to fine dining restaurants. For more information, visit or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Tao Group Hospitality delivers distinctive culinary and premium entertainment experiences through its portfolio of restaurants, nightclubs, lounges, and daylife venues. Tao Group Hospitality acquired Hakkasan Group in April 2021. The combined company operates more than 70 branded locations in over 20 markets across five continents and features a collection of widely recognized hospitality brands. These include TAO, Hakkasan, OMNIA, Marquee, LAVO, Beauty & Essex, Yauatcha, Cathédrale, Ling Ling, Wet Republic, Little Sister, The Highlight Room, Jewel, and more. Tao Group Hospitality is part of Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment) (NYSE: MSGE), a leader in live experiences.

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