Lee’s & Dee’s Barbeque Express in St. Paul is a true family operation and is now a second generation business, having been handed over from namesakes Lee and Dee to daughters Linda Williams and Vickie Nash. The original business was born from founder Lee piling coolers of full wings and ribs into the back of his station wagon to feed workers during lunch breaks and bar-goers late at night. Lee and his wife Dee opened their traditional southern restaurant in the Summit-University neighborhood 22 years ago and, it has become a popular spot for people in search of authentic southern food.
In the Twin Cities, soul food restaurants are often, sadly, short-lived, but Lee’s & Dee’s has been a community staple and meeting point for over 20 years. It’s a place that people from surrounding states come to visit, and that celebrities like Ice T, Don King, and Ice Cube have come to know on their visits to the Northstar State. This family business is poised to be around for at least another 20 years.