After months of teasing, Andrew Zimmern has some hard details about his planned restaurant concept in the Twin Cities.
The TV chef and Minnesota favorite confirmed on Tuesday he's partnering with local restaurateur Michael McDermott (Rojo, Kona Grill, Randle's) to open his long-awaited Chinese restaurant, Lucky Cricket, this coming October.
He's identified a site for the 200-plus seat eatery, the unit at 1607 West End Boulevard in St. Louis Park, which used to be home to the Bonefish Grill.
In a statement to BMTN, the 4-time James Beard award winner said the Lucky Cricket will feature a menu reflecting his travels throughout China.
The focus will be on small-plate foods and shareable dishes, with variations on foods in the Cantonese, Fujianese, Hunan, Shandong and Sichuan styles.
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"Lucky Cricket will expand on familiar, recognizable favorites such as house-made Dim Sum, Chinese BBQ and hand-pulled noodles featuring bold Chinese ingredients with big flavors," his spokesman said.
The venue will feature 130 seats in the restaurant area and a further 80 seats in a planned Tiki bar, which will have an outdoor patio.
The space is being designed by Shea Design (Spoon & Stable, Octo Fishbar), and will "blend the energy of Tiki-inspired elements and Asian street-food culture."
The restaurant will also have a to-go menu and its own delivery service, with Zimmern telling the Star Tribune it could well be the first of many across the Midwest and beyond.
The star of the Food Network's "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" is also heavily involved in curating the planned food hall at the renovated Dayton's building in downtown Minneapolis.