Andrew Zimmern's Lucky Cricket closes for remodeling

The celebrity chef's take on Chinese cuisine has endured a rocky start.
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Andrew Zimmern's Chinese experiment in St. Louis Park, Lucky Cricket, has closed to undergo remodeling.

The news was announced in an Instagram post on Friday, announced the eatery at the Shops at West End would be closed for the Fourth of July weekend and "remodeling for the next two weeks."

"We look forward to seeing you and serving you soon," it added.

The restaurant has endured a tumultuous start to its life in the western suburbs, with Zimmern himself courting controversy before it even opened with unfavorable comments about the quality of Chinese cuisine in the Midwest.

Then after the restaurant opened, some of the early reviews were not great, with both the Eater Twin Cities and the Growler Magazine critical of the dishes.

It's not clear what remodeling the restaurant will undergo, with the Asian-themed dining area joined by a Polynesian-themed Tiki Bar.

Zimmern, who is a household name thanks to his work on the Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel, has hopes to eventually open 200 Lucky Crickets nationwide.

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