Prominent chicken chain reveals details about its new-concept restaurant near UD

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 7:59 AM

Lee's Ltd. to open in the coming weeks in former Arby's space.

The new restaurant in the works in the former Arby’s space on Brown Street near the University of Dayton will be the first of its kind for the Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken chain in the region. 

“Lee’s Ltd.” is now hiring, and is scheduled to open in the coming weeks at 1200 Brown St. It will offer a streamlined menu with a focus on chicken tenders and multiple sauce options. 


Here’s what  Ken Riddle, the co-franchise owner of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken’s Miami Valley restaurants, said about the new restaurant and the Lee’s Ltd. concept. 

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“We are hopeful that the name Lee's Ltd. will communicate to our guests that we aren't their typical Lee's restaurant,” Riddle said. “We will not be offering any bone-in chicken at the Brown Street store. Our menu will be very scaled down and limited. We will offer Chicken Tenders in a Spicy version (exclusive to the Brown Street location) as well as the current version (called Famous) we sell now. Our side dishes will be limited to Potato Wedges, and Cole Slaw. We'll offer a chocolate chip cookie for dessert served warm right off a grill that will be visible to our guests. We will also offer several unique gourmet sauce options to go along with all of the sauces we currently offer in our restaurants.” 

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 Riddle said the concept came about in part because of Lee’s sponsorship of UD and UD basketball.

“We offer our boneless products at UD Arena and have for many years,” he said. “But we didn't have a location close to the campus, and that's something we've tried to find for a while now. When the former Arby's space became available on Brown Street, we were interested, but the space is too small to house one of our typical restaurants. Hence the scaled-down version.”

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“Another factor is that the boneless side of our business is growing, and we felt it would have particular appeal to the students at UD. Most of them didn't grow up eating bone-in chicken at Grandma's house every Sunday after church like people in my generation did. Our younger customers are drawn to the boneless offerings.”

“And then the last factor is cost. It is a lot less expensive to open a scaled down version of Lee's than it is to open a regular location. This concept offers a growth vehicle for the Lee's brand overall and would allow stores to be opened in locations that can't support a stand-alone restaurant.”

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The restaurant will seat 44 and will employ about 40. Those interested in applying can call (937) 388-4197 or can go to and use the” Contact Us” button to send a message, Riddle said. 

“We're proud to have been a part of the Miami Valley for over 50 years now, and we're excited to see what our guests think of this new concept,” Riddle said.