St. Paul institution The Lexington will temporarily shutter for remodeling after dinner service tonight; it will reopen in the fall with new—as yet, unidentified—ownership. In addition to the renovations, the new ownership is laying off the restaurant's 65 current employees, who are encouraged to reapply when it reopens, according to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. It's not clear if those renovations include the controversial plans for an outdoor patio, which was approved by the City Council in March.
Earlier this month, news broke that the owners—John and Michelle Hickey and Ed and Jenni Ryan—were selling the restaurant to a St. Paul-based restaurant group that wanted to remain unnamed while they sorted a few details out with the renovation. Although the Star Tribune reported that the buyer's identity was "widely known," the newspaper could not officially confirm anything. Over at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March also asked who bought the Lex. So...who did buy the Lex? If you have a guess, do share in the comments or send it to the tipline.
· St. Paul's Lexington Restaurant Is Being Sold [Star Tribune]
· The Lexington Restaurant Sold, Will Be Renovated [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]
· The Lexington Official Website