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Andrew Zimmern’s Lucky Cricket Abruptly Closes for Remodel

St. Louis Park’s Chinese/Tiki spot is undergoing a refresh after being open for eight months

Andrew Zimmern at Lucky Cricket during its opening
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

Lucky Cricket, the Chinese restaurant/ tiki bar from celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern and restaurateur Michael McDermott, has closed unexpectedly for a remodel at the eight month-old eatery. In two Facebook posts on the 4th the restaurant first says, it was closing at 8 pm on July 4, but would return for regular business hours the following day. Another post published at 10 pm that same days says the restaurant is closed for remodeling and will re-open in two weeks.

Requests for comment from the restaurant and Zimmern’s reps were not immediately returned.

The restaurant opened under intense scrutiny as a video of Zimmern making controversial comments including, “I’m saving the souls of all the people from having to dine at these horseshit restaurants masquerading as Chinese food that are in the Midwest.” Since opening, the restaurant had struggled with consistency as crowds immediately descended on the restaurant.

Requests for clarification on what the remodel would entail were not immediately answered by the restaurant’s representatives. Shea, Inc. the restaurant design firm that worked on creating the eye-popping space is not involved in this remodel.

Have an absolutely wonderful Indepence Day everyone! We will be closing at 8pm tonight, and will be open for normal business hours tomorrow at 11am. Cheers! Have a safe and happy holiday!

Posted by Lucky Cricket on Thursday, July 4, 2019

Lucky Cricket is closed for the 4th of July holiday and remodeling for the next two weeks. We look forward to seeing and serving you soon!

Posted by Lucky Cricket on Thursday, July 4, 2019

Lucky Cricket first opened in November of 2018 as a joint venture between Zimmern, the James Beard Award winning television host and former Twin Cities’ chef and McDermott, the restauranteur behind Rojo Mexican Grill and Ling & Louie’s.

Lucky Cricket

1607 West End Boulevard, , MN 55416 (952) 206-6830 Visit Website