Iconic St. Paul restaurant sold, will close for renovations

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The Lexington in St. Paul is changing owners again and will shut down on May 31 for a facelift, the Star Tribune reports. The restaurant, on the corner of Grand Avenue and Lexington Parkway, will reopen sometime this fall once the makeover is complete.

The Lex is being sold to a St. Paul-based restaurant group -- the classic restaurant's fifth owners since it opened in 1935, the Pioneer Press reports.

"Our plan is to hit pause, make some adjustments and capture the essence that made The Lex a St. Paul institution," the new owners said in a news release.

Current owners John and Michelle Hickey bought it about two years ago.

It's unclear if the mysterious owners will alter the Lexington's classic menu of steaks, seafood and chicken pot pie.

Despite concerns from neighbors, both newspapers note St. Paul's City Council recently approved the restaurant's plans to add a rooftop patio.

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