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Andrew Zimmern's Lucky Cricket showing signs of re-opening

The restaurant has been closed since last month.
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Andrew Zimmern's Chinese restaurant in St. Louis Park is showing signs of re-opening.

The Lucky Cricket closed its doors ahead of Fourth of July weekend, posting on its Instagram that it would be "remodeling for the next two weeks."

The remodeling has taken somewhat longer than two weeks given it's still not re-opened, but the restaurant's website now says that it is "Opening Soon."

It provides no more details than that, however OpenTable is taking reservations for the Lucky Cricket from Sunday, Aug. 25 onwards, suggesting that's when it'll be opening its doors once more at the Shops at West End.

This potential re-opening date coincides with the first weekend of the Minnesota State Fair, of which Zimmern is a frequent attendee. 

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.

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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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