BROKEN MOUTH is an original Mom & Pop food concept founded by husband-and-wife team Tim and Louise Lee. The pair are brought together by their shared love for food and family. From the fondest memories of childhood spent around the dinner table, we bring Hawai'i homestyle food to Downtown Los Angeles. Our guests dining with us are invited to catch a glimpse into our home with the belief that food is a universal language, breaking boundaries across all cultures.
Mama & papa lee: our story
It’s a story of boy meets girl.
Tim and Louise’s love story begins in working side-by-side in the restaurants of Los Angeles, and the same dynamic is continued here at BROKEN MOUTH. Korean by ethnicity, but Hawaiian at heart—local Kaimuki boy Chef Lee was born and raised on the island of Oahu. Hailing from the city of Los Angeles, Louise brings the LA swagger to the Local vibes represented at BROKEN MOUTH.