One Last Time, for now… Won Lee’s Chinese Restaurant – DeLand, Fl

On December 31, 2017 ownership of Won Lee’s Chinese Restaurant in DeLand, FL passed to new owners, ending a nearly 40 year era.  My family has a close relationship with Won Lee’s from the very beginning: my dad and my brother helped renovate the building from Jimmy’s Highway Steakhouse into Won Lee’s back in the mid-1970’s, and as my brother recalled on our last night there Mr Lee won my Dad over with the ribs, and the rest is history (which includes my dad renting what was then an empty store adjacent to the main restaurant and opening a pawn shop in the early ’80s, but that’s a story for another time).  So of course we had the ribs (among many other dishes).  The new owners will keep the name and the menu (they say), but it probably will not be the same without Mr Lee and Shamus behind the counter.  But still, we wish the new folks the best of luck, and look forward to trying the New Won Lee’s when we’re back in Deland next time.

These pictures are from back in September 2013, I never got around to uploading them until now…so shoot me!


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