22 CAROL LEE

Vancouver Magazine - - Taste -

RESTAU­RANT OWNER; CHAIR, CHI­NA­TOWN RE­VI­TAL­IZA­TION COM­MIT­TEE AND VAN­COU­VER CHI­NA­TOWN FOUN­DA­TION PRE­VI­OUSLY # –24,2017

Carol Lee has worked to stay out of the lime­light in the re­cent bat­tles over Chi­na­town, but both her fans and de­trac­tors say she has been a key force in fight­ing out-of-char­ac­ter new de­vel­op­ment in the neigh­bour­hood. Lee, the daugh­ter of real-es­tate mag­nate and UBC pil­lar Bob Lee, has been pour­ing money and en­ergy into try­ing to bring back some of the 1970s busi­nesses and charm to the area. She opened a Chi­nese bar­be­cue restau­rant that has proven pop­u­lar and is work­ing on reopen­ing a for­mer icon, Foo’s Ho Ho Restau­rant. She puts on two fundrais­ers a year for the Van­cou­ver Chi­na­town Foun­da­tion, which are be­com­ing more pres­ti­gious events all the time, and that has gen­er­ated enough money to con­tribute $30 mil­lion to a so­cial-hous­ing project on Hast­ings Street. If that weren’t enough, she’s also work­ing with a team to open a Chi­nese sto­ry­telling cen­tre.

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