When hospitality veteran Benjy Levitt transformed the second level of his now closed Rice Village restaurant, Benjy’s, into a new wine bar in the spring, some Houstonians may have felt a wave of nostalgia hearing his name.
Lees Den is a nod to the Chinese restaurant of the same name, a South Main staple for over 30 years. “Growing up, we didn’t go out to eat much. My mom was a wonderful cook,” said Levitt, who also owns Local Foods. “When we did it was a party, and Lee’s Den was where we always went.”