Lee's Sandwiches International, Inc., is a fast food restaurant chain, headquartered in San Jose, California.


Lee's Sandwiches in Garden Grove, California

Lee's Sandwiches was started by the Le (Vietnamese: ) family in San Jose, California, after immigrating from Vietnam to San Jose in 1980. After several years of working in a catering truck, Lê Văn Chiêu and Lê Văn Hướng operated their own truck and later began their own mobile catering distribution business named Lee Bros. Foodservices, Inc. They anglicized their surname to "Lee" for business purposes. In 1983, Chiêu and Hướng's parents had success selling bánh mì from their truck, and they decided to open a permanent store originally called Saigon Gourmet. Then in 2001, the family modernized their traditional Vietnamese bakery-cafes to today's concept of Lee's Sandwiches .[1] They eventually expanded to many other cities in California and were the first to franchise the Vietnamese deli-cafe concept.[2]

By 2006, they had expanded into Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma and continued to focus on areas with significant Vietnamese-American populations. They also had plans to expand in the Pacific states of Nevada, Oregon, and Washington,[3] though the Washington expansion had not come to fruition by 2015.[4]

In March 2006, the largest Lee's Sandwiches location opened in Houston, Texas, at 10,000 square feet (930 m²).[3] A long line was formed in anticipation of the grand opening of the first Lee's Houston location.[5]

By 2015, Lee's Sandwiches had expanded to Georgia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. and had opened its first location outside the United States in Taiwan.[4]


  1. ^ Seftel, Howard (July 28, 2005). "Lee's Sandwiches". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ Elisabeth Eaves (January 9, 2008). "In Pictures: 20 Trends Sweeping The Globe". Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "LEE'S SANDWICHES FACTt SHEET". Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Lee’s Sandwiches Goes International - Opens First Shop in Taiwan
  5. ^ Jenalia Moreno (July 27, 2006). "RESTAURANTS / Sandwich shops feed on diversity / Vietnamese style lures other ethnic groups". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on December 30, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2009.  ()

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