Boutique Chinese eatery Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen locked the doors on Sunday night rather abruptly. Post and Courier reports that employees say that they were told not to come back to work the next day, and City Paper quotes co-owner Karalee Nielsen Fallert calling the road closures in the neighborhood “devastating to the business.”
Lee Lee’s sent the following email to the press:
It is with sadness that we announce Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen is closing its doors, effective immediately. In the almost three years that we’ve been on Charleston’s Westside, we have met wonderful neighbors, been the employers of great locals, and made tasty Chinese food.
However, we’ve also faced serious struggles, such as endless road construction that made it even harder to find an already obscure location, and the ever increasing shortage of food and beverage employees in the Charleston area. We are grateful to all the loyal patrons who have supported us since we opened our red door. There are no immediate plans as to what will next inhabit the space.