David Lee is the founder and CEO of Saigon Restaurant Group. His story is that of an American dream. David came to America as a refugee child, obtained his first job in the restaurant industry by working as a part-time server and kitchen help while going to school. After graduating with an architectural degree, he spent a few years as a draftsman before moving to Atlanta and starting his own construction company. Then the events of 9/11 impacted him in a way that made him change his career direction. He longed to build a more grounded life for his family. Following the footsteps of his family back in Vietnam, he decided to take the dive into the restaurant business.
Since the first Saigon Café opened with resounding success, in January of 2002, David has opened 7 additional locations with the mission of giving guests a traditional Vietnamese experience. Staples from Thailand and China were added to the menu, making the restaurants a popular one-stop shop for casual South East Asian dining. David’s passion for his work is evident as he develops concepts for each of his restaurants, oversees the day-to-day operations as well as regulates the food, personnel, and décor quality standards of all the restaurants.