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The new Revolution Hall food hall at Rosedale has closed after 8 months

When a food hall opened in a former two-story Borders bookstore at Rosedale Center, it seemed to offer an innovative answer to malls’ 21st-century problem: hulking, vacant retail spaces.

Less than eight months later, that food hall has closed.

Revolution Hall (shown above in a photo by David Denney) has shuttered, “effective immediately,” according to a release. It will be replaced by “a new concept featuring local vendors and a new experience.”

A new spin on food courts, Revolution Hall, which was operated by Craveable Hospitality Group, put together several micro-restaurants from one centralized kitchen. Chicken and waffle sandwiches, burgers aged on salt bricks, and PieCaken – a straight-from-Instagram over-the-top bakery – were some of the offerings. 

The Star Tribune gave it 2 stars, saying “for those measuring it against shopping mall fast-food court standards, this impressive and enormous newcomer is, yes, a revolutionary — and welcome — step forward.”

The replacement for Revolution Hall does not yet have an opening date.

“For us, Rosedale Center acts as an idea incubator, and a retail experience laboratory. Our customers have come to expect unexpected retailers, dining, and entertainment from us. In closing Revolution Hall, we will now be able to satisfy the demand for an engaging customer experience,” said Lisa Crain, General Manager of Rosedale Center. “We are excited to develop an innovative experience that celebrates our local food and beverage community that we know our guests will love.”

Andrew Zimmern's Lucky Cricket restaurant closes for remodeling

For diners planning on a lunch or dinner at Lucky Cricket in the near future, think again.

The Asian restaurant and tiki bar is temporarily shuttered, and the restaurant's online reservations portal is no longer accepting reservations.

“Lucky Cricket will be closed for the 4th of July holiday and remodeling for the next two weeks,” announced the restaurant in an Instagram post. “We look forward to seeing you and serving you soon.”

The restaurant is the work of Twin Cities resident Andrew Zimmern, the host of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods,” in collaboration with Rojo Mexican Grill owner Michael McDermott.

When it debuted in the Shops at West End in St. Louis Park in November, the opening wasn't a typical celebrity-fest. Zimmern was excoriated in media across the country for comments he made regarding Chinese-American restaurants, remarks he later admitted were “arrogant and patronizing.”  

Zimmern's plan is to expand the restaurant into a chain. 

“As for me and my goals with Lucky Cricket, ‘chain’ is not a dirty word," he told the Star Tribune in November. "At Lucky Cricket, once we get our first store in order, we are looking to expand wherever appropriate and when appropriate. This concept was designed to grow and that has been our intention since day one. Food entrepreneurship is an amazing social lever, providing jobs, expanding cultural understanding and accelerating ideas and thought leadership, so we look forward to growing the brand.”

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