Corey Lee to Take Two Space

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It only came out a few days ago that David Gingrass is going to be closing TWOat the end of the year, and already the space at 22 Hawthorne Street has been spoken for, by none other than former French Laundry chef Corey Lee. Lee plans to start working on construction of Benu in early 2010, so we'll hopefully see the opening before the end of that year. He told Scoop that the food will be product-driven, like the French Laundry, and primarily American but with some "global influences and cooking styles." [Scoop/SF Chronicle]

Earlier: Corey Lee Departs French Laundry but New Venture Hits a Snag [Grub Street SF]