About HUB 51

If it seems like HUB 51 is a continual party, that’s just what creators R.J. and Jerrod Melman want. Their dad, Lettuce founder Rich Melman, always told them that the restaurant business should be fun, and, as Jerrod now interprets that advice, “We want to be as playful as possible, and have a good time with our customers and the people we work with.”

“Our goal for the menu was to create food we like to eat,” says R.J. They loaded it up with sushi, tacos, sandwiches and burgers. Great salads and appetizers like the arugula Caesar and Pulled Chicken Nachos appeal to the bar crowd, while the filet mignon steak tacos and the charred sake salmon serve notice that HUB 51 is providing both a great time and wonderful food.

With dozens of beers, wines and sakes, HUB 51 is all about what you like. SUB 51, a private lounge below the restaurant, becomes an exclusive nightclub on weekends, while space in the main restaurant is also available for private parties and semi-private events.

R.J. Melman
Managing Partner of HUB 51, SUB 51, Paris Club, Studio Paris, RPM Italian, Bub City, Three Dots and a Dash,
M Street Kitchen & Stella Rossa Pizza Bar

RJ Melman is managing partner of HUB 51, adjoining nightclub SUB 51, Paris Club, indoor/outdoor nightclub Studio Paris, RPM Italian, Bub City and Three Dots and a Dash – all located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood –and M Street Kitchen and Stella Rossa in Santa Monica, Calif.

With an interest in restaurants dating back to his teenage years, RJ began bussing tables and running food at age 13 at the former Bub City in Chicago. By high school, he was cooking at various Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) restaurants where he further developed his understanding and passion for the restaurant business.

In 2001, RJ received his degree from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies. Upon graduation, he immediately embarked the next phase of his career – restaurant management. In the past decade, RJ has helped open more than ten LEYE restaurants and has served as the general manager of LEYE’s iconic first restaurant, R.J. Grunts. He has also served as a consultant to a variety of restaurant projects outside of the company.

With his strong background and varied expertise in the restaurant business, RJ, along with his brother Jerrod, opened HUB 51 and lower-level club SUB 51 in June 2008, offering Chicago’s most coveted neighborhood a unique mixture of dining, nightlife and entertainment. In February 2011, with the goal of reintroducing French cuisine to a new generation of diners, the duo teamed up with internationally-acclaimed Chef Joho to create Paris Club – a casual French restaurant and bar – located two doors down from HUB 51. Four months later, the duo opened Studio Paris – an exclusive indoor/outdoor nightclub and lounge above the restaurant. In February 2012, RJ, Jerrod, and their sister Molly, partnered with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic and acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis to open RPM Italian, presenting a menu that is Italian in spirit and modern in style.

In December 2012, RJ and his siblings, in partnership with chef Psaltis, acclaimed mixologist Paul McGee and Joe’s Bar founders Ed Warm and Tom DiSanto, opened country bar and restaurant, Bub City. In early 2013, RJ, Jerrod and Molly, alongside Paul McGee, will open tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash.

Residing in Chicago, RJ is active within the Chicago philanthropic and business community and serves on a number of boards and committees.

 

Jerrod Melman
Managing Partner of HUB 51, SUB 51, Paris Club, Studio Paris, RPM Italian, Bub City, Three Dots and a Dash,
M Street Kitchen & Stella Rossa Pizza Bar

Jerrod Melman is managing partner of HUB 51, SUB 51, Paris Club, Studio Paris, RPM Italian, Bub City and Three Dots and a Dash – the dining, nightlife and social establishments created by him and his siblings, RJ and Molly, in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, as well as M Street Kitchen and Stella Rossa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica, California.

Jerrod’s earliest memories of working in restaurants began at the young age of 10 as a busboy at the original Maggiano’s. After Maggiano’s, Jerrod took a five-year hiatus from the restaurant business to pursue other interests, namely finishing grade school. During high school and college, he held various roles in a dozen or so Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) restaurants, as well as IN-N-OUT Burger in Arizona, learning the business from the ground up.

The summer before his senior year in college, he participated in the LEYE internship program which solidified his interest in pursuing a restaurant career. After graduating from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Jerrod managed LEYE restaurants Osteria Via Stato and R.J. Grunts and gained valuable experience in New York at B.R. Guests and Union Square Hospitality Group.

Jerrod brings this wealth of restaurant knowledge to each new venture he pursues. In June 2008, along with his brother RJ, he opened HUB 51 and lower-level club SUB 51, offering Chicago’s most coveted neighborhood a unique mixture of dining, nightlife and entertainment. The brothers teamed up with internationally-acclaimed Chef Joho to introduce Paris Club, a casual French restaurant and bar that opened in February 2011. Four months later, the duo opened exclusive indoor/outdoor lounge Studio Paris above the restaurant. In February 2012, Jerrod, RJ, and their sister Molly partnered with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic and celebrated chef Doug Psaltis to open RPM Italian, presenting a menu that is Italian in spirit and modern in style.

In December 2012, the Melman siblings, in partnership with chef Psaltis, renowned mixologist Paul McGee and  Joe’s Bar founders Ed Warm and Tom DiSanto, opened country bar and restaurant, Bub City. Jerrod and his team’s next project is tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash, slated to open in 2013.

A longtime Chicago resident, Jerrod is an avid supporter of several local philanthropic and community initiatives. He also enjoys playing basketball and softball, going to the movies, and a night out with good friends.

 

Saturdays with Step

One of Chicago’s youngest record selectors, DJ STEP has carved a name for himself in the music scene with a brash marriage of hip hop-style turntablism and refined dance music sensibilities.  Combining an eclectic blend of genre-bending music with an ever-charismatic delivery, the young deejay leaves party-goers begging for more. Come *Step* up your nightlife another level this Saturday, March 8.

To reserve a table, please call 312.828.0051 or email sub51@leye.com.

 

Jerzy’s Electric Fridays

Jerzy’s musical journey as a deejay and radio personality began through years of collecting, practicing and honing in on his musical expertise. Through his work for Chicago’s B96 radio as an on-air personality and strong dedication to his craft, Jerzy has developed from being ‘just another deejay’ to a skilled turntablist. Don’t miss Jerzy’s Electric Fridays March 14 at SUB.

To reserve a table, please call 312.828.0051 or email sub51@leye.com.

Saturdays with Konsept

Rock out the weekend on Saturday nights with Chicago’s own DJ KONSEPT!

To reserve a table, please call 312.828.0051 or email sub51@leye.com.

Morse Code

Growing up in San Francisco in the 90′s, Nathaniel Morse was captivated by the diversity and quality of the burgeoning local deejay scene. Witnessing DMC and ITF battles for the first time and subsequently learning the history of hip-hop and djing, he became obsessed with mastering the craft from then on.

To reserve a table, please call 312.828.0051 or email sub51@leye.com.

DJ Kice – Memorial Day Eve

When Monday is a holiday, Sunday is a party. Join us on the eve of Memorial Day, May 25 for a special Sunday night set with Chicago’s own DJ KICE!

To reserve a table, please call 312.828.0051 or email sub51@leye.com.

About SUB51

SUB 51 is a signature bottle service lounge, situated on the lower level of River North’s Hub 51. Designed for DJs, the lounge offers a high energy, late-night atmosphere, amplified by music from renowned DJ’s. The intimate, 13 table nightclub, features low tables, plush banquette seating, attentive table side service, and premium beverage options. This club is an ideal destination for your special occasion, or just a memorable, high-style, weekend evening in Chicago. Space is limited so table reservations are required for entry.

 

HOURS

TUE…10:30PM-2:00AM
FRI……9:00PM-2:00AM
SAT…..9:00PM-3:00AM

Bachelorette Parties

WRISTBAND PACKAGE

Wristband includes admission into SUB 51 after 10pm and five drinks per guest. Availability is limited and reservations are required. Everyone must be 21 years of age or older.

PREMIUM TABLE PACKAGE (minimum of 5 guests)

Your party will receive VIP bottle service, a party favors package for each guest, and one unforgettable night! For pricing inquiries, please call 312.828.0051 or email sub51@leye.com.