A restaurateur is an entrepreneur that has something special and different about them. And as my own informally collected data suggests, the men and women in this category possess a fire somewhere inside fueling their drive to create and build a business that transcends the ordinary wealth making machine. Ike Shehadeh of Ike's Love & Sandwiches is such a restaurateur building an empire with the teachings of frugal parents, a streak of civil disobedience and a "nothing but the best" attitude toward hospitality and great food.
Ike's Love & Sandwiches is known for its world-famous Dutch Crunch bread lathered in Ike's Secret Dirty Sauce. With unique flavor pairings fit for vegans, carnivores, gluten-free diets and everyone in between, there's something for everyone to love at Ike's. At the Las Vegas location, you can score a "High Roller" sandwich made with premium meats for $100.
This is Richard Melman, founder of the Chicago based multi-concept restaurant group…Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises with over 120 restaurants in operation now and several more on the drawing board.
The conversation, at times, sounded just like a couple of guys who haven't talked in awhile. Each reminiscing about the old days. But there are also peeks into how the mind of this very creative and successful restaurateur views surviving and flourishing in a very tough industry.