UC Irvine Lee's Sandwiches Closed, Chick-fil-A to Open

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So sad

The UC Irvine Lee's Sandwiches, located in the University Town Center, is gone for good after 8 years in business. A Chick-fil-A is slated for the now vacant space, which is just across the bridge from campus.

Looks like Anteaters won't have to deal with other students eating anchovies on the shuttles any longer.

Rumors of the bánh mì shop's closure have been spiraling for months, with many unsure if the once-largest shop in the Lee's Sandwiches Empire would be gone for good or just temporarily. When the location closed on Sept. 27, Lee's Sandwiches staff put up a sign indicating that the store was closed for remodeling. A call to Lee's Sandwiches Headquarters in San Jose then resulted in a statement that the store would be closed for an undetermined amount of time before opening again.

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There was hope!

However, late last week Chick-fil-A logos appeared on the construction partitions around the structure.

When contacted today, Lee's Sandwiches confirmed that the location is now closed permanently. There are no concrete plans to open a new store in South County.

Looks like Anteaters will have to say goodbye to Vietnamese coffee and hello to homo-hating chicken sandwiches.

People who can't go without bánh mì can stop by Le Diplomate, the Lake Forest Lee's, or Banh Mi Che Cali.

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newsworthy
newsworthy

Vietnames food and coffee isnt too far now.....check out: great, just like Lee's:


Ha Long Cuisine
3850 Barranca Parkway
Irvine CA 92606
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dtan0914
dtan0914

Glad that I finished school already. I don't know how I would've survived without my large Vietnamese Ice Coffee from Lee's during finals.

larry375
larry375

Very sad to hear Lee's closed. Chick-Fil-A isn't going to last in that locaiton. It's nothing special!  A chicken sandwich can be found on any corner.

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Gots to get the kids on a diet of fat, oil, and salt.

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

Le Diplomate Café in the same plaza has both Vietnamese iced coffee and bánh mì.

style
style

The writer of this article needs to shelve his ignorant bigotry toward a good company like Chic-fil-a, they do not hate homos like he claims, in fact the opposite.  In fact, many homos, as the writer of this article refers to them as, happily work for the Chic-fil-a company.  Simply because the the owners choose not to endorse or promote gay politics, does not make them haters.  It was the mouth frothing hatred of the political zealots, of which this writer is a clear comrade , who so desperately tried to shame and intimate this company into their political submission that backfired.  How did it backfire?  traditional americans showed their support, just eat it and move on!  Its just a chicken sandwich, get over your hatred and learn to be tolerant of a diversity of thought in a free society.  If you dont like chicken, you dont have to eat there. Yep they support traditional marriage, big surprise, most people in america always have.  If you want to promote your different idea of marriage, do it with kindness not coercion and intimidation. 

Carla Cunningham
Carla Cunningham

I do not believe in their religious tones, so no ... no chick fil a for me

Sheri Schutte
Sheri Schutte

Just when I was starting to wonder about the future of Red County...way to go Chick-fil-A!

Brennan King
Brennan King

Oh - tragic. One of the few late-night places gone and replaced by hate-mongering soggy chicken sandwiches.

Ben Baysic
Ben Baysic

Pon Shen , Heather Filsinger-Cunliffe ....

kyle
kyle

"Looks like Anteaters will have to say goodbye to Vietnamese coffee and hello to homo-hating chicken sandwiches." - sounds like you're hating on chik-fil-a? I thought that oc weekly articles would be more objective to the news :( 

Dàrth Pöwers
Dàrth Pöwers

Praise The Lord! God working through the tummies of our youth.

Gene Diep
Gene Diep

My money is that Lees will open up in adjacent Tustin ... like at the District.

C-Note Fladger
C-Note Fladger

Food for haters! They need to be run out of town!

Kurt Miller
Kurt Miller

But will they become part of Mister Lee's Greater Hong Kong?

Kurt Miller
Kurt Miller

Sounds like the Irvine Company. I worked for them briefly back in the 1980's, and they are total bastards.

David A Rivera
David A Rivera

I'd rather shove a knitting needle down my urethra than set foot in a Shit-fil-A

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

Wrongo dongo, Travis Yarbrough. It was the Irvine Co. They also drove out Steelhead Brewing Co from the same center. They want to jack up the lease costs and require signing multi-decade leases.

Chris W. Luczak
Chris W. Luczak

over priced grease factory...GROSS..just what our kids need...more junk food.

Travis Yarbrough
Travis Yarbrough

Jesus Chicken takes on another minority !!! Good job Chik-Fula-Hate

Stacy El
Stacy El

"say goodbye to Vietnamese coffee and hello to homo-hating chicken sandwiches"

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

"Homo-hating chicken sandwiches"?? Actually I recently spoke with someone who used to work for CFA corporate. He said that despite whatever kooky stuff Dan Cathy supports, their hiring and service practices were fair and nondiscriminatory. And yes, there were/are CFA managers who are gay.

Kinda sorta hope that this location gets a gay manager. I wouldn't have a problem at all if they had a sign out front: "Dan Cathy's donations don't reflect our values. Come on in, all are welcome."

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Charles Lam!  Second scoop in a week!  

(Seabirds [finally] opening was the first.)  


I hated the UCI outpost of Lee's.  Their bread always seemed to be overbaked.  

My last visit, about 6 months ago, the cashier dude was the epitome of the word clueless.  


Should be interesting to see how Christianity-centric Chick-fil-A does across from the UCI campus.  UCI ain't Berkeley, but it ain't Biola University either.  Meanwhile, will be checking mailbox for free chicken sandwich coupons. 


ph232323
ph232323

@style Bullshit. Christ-Fil-et actively works to repress gay marriage. It's not that they merely refuse to endorse or support gay marriage, they spend money to promote backwards, hillbilly, moronic x-tian agendas. When you give money to Christ-Fil-Et, you're paying to repress Americans. Fuck Christ-Fil-et, and fuck you.

Yours is the bullshit argument of 'You have to tolerant my ignorant, bigoted opinions!'. NO. Intolerance DOES NOT ever have to be tolerated. You want to hate gays, that's fine, but keep your fucking mouth shut about it.

God bless.

dtan0914
dtan0914

@JBinOC It will do fine. There's a large Christian population in Turtle Rock around Concordia University. They even had the CEO of Chick-Fil-A come for a business presentation that I attended a few years back as a student.

CharlesLam
CharlesLam

@JBinOC Their baguettes always murdered the roof of my mouth; I much preferred Le Dip. If only they weren't three times the price.

 I sort of wish another diner would open up in the plaza, although I don't expect the Irvine company would allow it. I've heard legends of the Denny's that used to fill that space, and I don't understand why it closed.

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