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Rich Melman reunites with the Pump Room

August 4th, 2017

Rich Melman and his Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises are taking over the legendary Pump Room.

The restaurant’s management is changing as the hotel prepares to be renamed The Ambassador. No decision has been made about the restaurant’s name, said Melman and former hotel owner Ian Schrager, who owns the Public Hotel and Pump Room names.

“I’m excited about doing this. I understand Chicago and I understand the neighborhood,” Melman said about the legendary restaurant and its location in the Gold Coast.

It’s a reunion for Melman, whose company ran the Pump Room from 1976 to 1998 when it was part of the Ambassador East Hotel.

Get the details in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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