Five years after it closed, Galaxy Drive In set to re-open

The owner of the St. Louis Park restaurant has been waiting for the right moment to bring it back.
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Four-and-a-half years ago, the Galaxy Drive In in St. Louis Park closed for the season, and never re-opened.

Fast-forward to 2020, and the popular food spot is about to get a second life.

"Let all of Minnesota know we are very happy that Galaxy Drive In will be opening in April!" a post from its owner Steve Schussler read on the drive-in's Facebook page Wednesday.

Schussler, who is also is the founder of the Rainforest Cafe, bought the Galaxy in 2009 but put it up for sale in 2016 after closing for the season in 2015.

Living locally, Schussler had long admired the Galaxy prior to buying it, and since he closed it five years ago he's been spending $130,000-a-year to maintain it while he waited to find the right team to re-open the restaurant.

That team, the Star Tribune reports, has emerged in the form of Mark Saliterman, a real estate developer who owns the Clays restaurant in Rockford, and Clays executive chef James Awe, who will be running the joint when it re-opens next month.

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As part of that comes a reinvention of the menu, with a post on the Schussler Creative website reading: "Although known for its award winning burgers some years ago, the ingredients and methods of cooking at the drive in have changed over the years.

"Galaxy Drive In is bringing back the once award winning burgers and their secret cooking methods, fries, onion rings and even new additions, including a canine cuisine menu!"

Investment has also gone into the building itself, giving it a snazzy facelift along with upgrades including the addition of handicap accessible bathrooms, a new paved parking lot, a manicured landscape, a fire pit for summer s'mores, and blankets to "extend the outdoor dining season."

The Star Tribune also notes the restaurant will have space for 90 diners, while there are 20 drive-up spots.

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