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BCD Tofu House founder Hee Sook Lee arrived in Los Angeles in 1989.

Lee died July 18, 2020, at age 61 after a six-year-long battle with ovarian cancer.

Her oldest son, Dr. Eddie Lee, has taken over for his mom as interim CEO. Trained as an internist, he has spent the last three years working part-time as a physician so he could serve as BCD’s vice president. In 2019, he ramped up his BCD duties to full-time.

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In 1996, Lee opened her first BCD Tofu House on Vermont Avenue in Koreatown.

The outpost on Wilshire Boulevard — the most famous BCD Tofu House — opened in 2000 and became wildly popular, in part, because Lee kept it open 24 hours a day. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, it continues to offer take-out at all hours.

In 2013, BCD’s image took a hit when the chain and Hee Sook Lee were named in a class action lawsuit filed by hundreds of employees who alleged they had experienced wage theft. A 2015 settlement awarded $3 million to the workers.

BCD Tofu House – Western

BCD Tofu House on Western Avenue

Korean restaurant with several branches throughout Southern California. The other BCD in Koreatown is on Wilshire Boulevard.

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BCD Tofu House – Wilshire

BCD Korean Tofu Restaurant in Los Angeles

This is the BCD Tofu House restaurant on Wilshire. The other location is on Western.

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