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Ready to Return: The Lexington Sets Opening Date

Nearly three years and more than $5 million later, The Lexington has an opening date.

With its permits and inspections in order, the historic St. Paul restaurant opens to the public February 9 following extensive renovations that involved a complete replacement of the plumbing and electrical systems, new heating and air conditioning, not to mention the restoring of original woodwork and other classic features. (It cost $250 apiece to restore more than 80 original leather chairs, assistant GM Lindsay Marsh told me.)

The Lex hosted a media preview January 21 during which tours showcased the completely refurbished Williamsburg Room and a more modern chef’s dining room, with a large window providing views into the expansive kitchen. The entire first floor is ready for diners, while work is still underway on the second floor event space and rooftop patio.

Expect an elevated menu of supper club favorites—during the preview we sampled everything from spam sliders (housemade spam, of course) to oysters Rockefeller and potato puffs with Bernaise. The cocktail menu will showcase riffs on classic drinks such as an old fashioned, a brandy slush and a “social hour punch” that changes often.

Owners Josh Thoma, Kevin Fitzgerald and Jack Riebel, also the executive chef, bought The Lexington, originally opened in 1935, in spring 2014. Troy Unruh, who’s cooked locally and in New York at restaurants such as La Bernadin and Del Posto, is chef de cuisine.

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