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Renovations and reopenings: New era for classic St. Paul restaurants


It's a significant week for two holdovers from St. Paul's golden age of dining, as one of the restaurants re-emerges to take on a new century – and the other announces a possible reopening date.

The St. Clair Broiler, which opened in 1959 in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood and has been serving burgers ever since, is back in business after a two-day hiatus allowed it to prepare a new menu with 38 items and "refreshed service," according to a Facebook update.

"Goodbye 1955, hello 2015!" the restaurant said, adding "go figure; we're growing up by getting younger."

The Broiler reopened Tuesday morning, promoting on social media new sandwiches like the Fajita Burger and the Kitchen Sink Burger (which, as you might imagine, looks like it has just about everything on it).

The Kitchen Sink Burger - Beginning tomorrow at 11:00. And yes, it has iceberg. That's how we roll :). It's a new Broiler.

Posted by St. Clair Broiler on Monday, July 20, 2015

Meanwhile, renovations are underway at another classic eatery, the Lexington, located at the corner of Grand Avenue and Lexington Parkway.

Having fed local diners since 1935, the steakhouse's age started to show, prompting new owners Josh Thoma and Kevin Fitzgerald to launch a large-scale remodeling project, the Pioneer Press reports.

The paper says this includes clearing away asbestos and making the second floor suitable for dining, all of which Thoma and Fitzgerald hope to complete in time for a "best guess" opening in November.

The restaurant had originally set a goal of welcoming guests back for dinner this summer, according to a Facebook update.

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