Legendary restaurant's 'tiki' rooftop bar is moving indoors for the winter

In case you missed out on the nice weather... and the Mai Tais.

Less than a year after reopening from its long slumber, The Lexington in St. Paul is expanding its services (and its menu) again. 

This time, that means finding a way to keep its popular new Rooftop bar – which opened just last month – from completely going into hibernation for the winter. 

As Star Tribune food critic Rick Nelson noted this week, the tiki-flavored joint made its debut "just at the time when the weather will quickly become less and less cooperative."

This, Nelson says in a glowing review of the "long-awaited rooftop patio," is a "shame."

And though cold weather is indeed coming fast, "the tiki fun" is moving to the Lexington's indoor bar in the form of a new happy hour, according to a news release.

The so-called "tiki happy hour" will officially kick off on Monday. It'll be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Customers can expect items with a "Polynesian flair" – like potstickers, crab rangoon, kimchi grilled cheese, fish sliders, and tiki punch – in the $4-10 range, the restaurant says.

This follows some other new expansions to the legendary eatery, and not just the rooftop. 

As the Business Journal noted, the Lexington also opened a new event room last month, located in its second-floor space. 

The paper says it has its own bar, and room for 120 people.

A restaurant revived

It's been a banner year for the Lexington, which first opened in 1935 – after operating as a speakeasy during Prohibition, according to its website

But in 2013, it went dark for about four years, following the beginning of a dramatic renovation process.

As Heavy Table reported, the restaurant was bought by new owners during this period, and ended up requiring millions of dollars in fixes. 

But it finally reopened in February, and to rave reviews: City Pages described it as "an instant time capsule back to 1935" with "all the trappings of finer dining" – including "maitre d’ in suits and servers in crisp white shirts and uniform vests."

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