The area near Causeway and Veterans Memorial boulevards in Metairie couldn't be hotter in terms of real estate and business development, but it's actually been that way for quite a while. I'm thinking back to 1959 and the gigantic Chinese restaurant that opened there that year: House of Lee. The restaurant, one of the first offering Asian food in the area, was housed inside a four-story green and red building designed to resemble a Chinese pagoda. It advertised breakfast, lunch and dinner (featuring both American and Chinese foods), as well as private meeting and banquet rooms. Proprietor Lee Bing, his wife and eight children — including future Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee — ran the restaurant. Lee Bing died in 1973, and his wife died in 1974. The family continued to run the restaurant until 1995, when the property sold for $1.75 million. It later became a Borders bookstore and now is a retail and office complex that includes a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant. Harry Lee died in 2007. A statue of the popular longtime sheriff stands on the opposite side of Causeway Boulevard near Lakeside Mall.