Student-led restaurant continues to operate with huge success

“A ham and gruyere cheese sandwich dipped in an egg batter, fried golden
and garnished with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam made from scratch.”

The description above is of a Monti Cristo sandwich recently highlighted on the French-inspired menu in Butler Tech’s student-led restaurant, Café lee french

In the spring, Café Lee opens for lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays and boasts a unique menu created, prepped, prepared and served by the Culinary Arts students at the Fairfield Township Campus. Each week, the restaurant is run by one to two senior students and supported by their classmates from planning to execution. The Culinary Arts program, named one of the top 50 programs in the nation, makes all menu items from scratch including their sauces and bread.


“I’d like to thank everyone that dined with us at Cafe Lee this week.  We smashed our two-day record that had stood for the last 4 years.  I truly appreciate the support for the program and putting the students to the test for their capstone project,” shared Chef Simpson, Culinary Arts Instructor.

Café Lee is just one real-world application for these students. Butler Tech’s culinary program consistently serves more than sixty catered community events each school year, most of which are voluntary for the students and often occur in the evenings and on weekends. Outside of the restaurant, the juniors and seniors manage the Bistro Bus food-truck at numerous festivals and events and compete at the state and national level in culinary competitions throughout the year.


Visit Café Lee at the D. Russel Lee Building on the Fairfield Township Campus, 3603 Hamilton Middletown Road, Fairfield Township, Ohio 45011

2020 Cafe Lee Schedule