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Richard Melman’s Lettuce Entertain You chain is partnering with Minnesota-based Lund Food Holdings’ Lund’s and Byerly’s stores to create in-store Asian take-out food departments in the company’s supermarkets.

It is the first move into grocery stores by Lettuce Entertain You, which has created more than 30 highly popular restaurants – mostly in the Chicago area, but also elsewhere in the US, including Minnesota. The concept will not use brands already established as restaurants, though the company leaves the option open for the future.

The Lettuce Entertain You departments replace those run by Leeann Chin, a Minnesota icon, who is moving her grocery-related operations over to Rainbow Foods.
KC's View:
When companies like Lettuce Entertain You get a whiff of the opportunities available to them in the grocery business, we think they are going to end up becoming great partners or worrisome competitors.

We’d start wooing them now…which is what the folks at Lund’s/Byerly’s seem to be trying to do.