On-Premise Wine Buyer: Aggressive, High Alcohol Wines are on Their Way Out
Lettuce Entertain You is a Chicago-based restaurant company founded in 1971 that owns, licenses or manages more than 100 establishments in Illinois, California, Arizona, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota and Nevada. The company is responsible for growing the Maggiano's Little Italy chain, which it sold to Brinker in 1995. It also manages the Paris Club Bistro and Bar in Chicago, Wildfire and several other concepts ranging from quick-service to fine-dining. WSD recently had the opportunity to sit down with the company's divisional wine director, Ryan Arnold, to discuss the trends he's seeing across the company's concepts. Below is Part I of our conversation, as you dear reader, are a fly on the wall.