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May 26, 2014 10:41 AM

Little Szechuan closed for remodeling

Tried to go to the University Ave. location on Saturday and was rewarded with a sign on the door saying they were closed for four weeks, beginning April 1st. Obviously it's been quite a bit longer than that. Their website says they were hoping to reopen Memorial Day weekend...which also doesn't seem to have worked out.

Mostly starting this thread so someone else doesn't end up with a disappointing trip. When it reopens, if anyone catches it, let us know.

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  1. They tweeted yesterday that they are now hoping for the first week of June.

    1. Well - their space could use a bit of a remodel. Looking forward to seeing what all they've done.

        1. re: bob s

          So bummed. We could totally use a hot pot place, but not INSTEAD of L.S...


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              LS has gone downhill since Chef Luo left. Not much of a loss in my opinion. Luckily we still have good sichuan left in MSP with Grand Szechuan and Szechuan Spice.

              1. re: kriminalrat

                We tried Grand Szechuan when LS was closed, and thought that, while it was good, it wasn't as good as LS. The green beans and dan dan noodles were basically on par, but the "Crispy Spicy Chicken" we ordered was tough and overcooked. That's the only time we've been, though - do you find their quality varies?

                1. re: kriminalrat

                  There's also Szechuan in Roseville, which I've only tried once a few years ago and thought it was fine, although I don't really have any lasting memories.

              2. re: bob s

                The Chinese community will love this as it's such a social experience - big groups of people surrounding a delectable bubbling cauldron.

                My most memorable hot pot - sailing up the Pearl River near Guilin in December. The coal-fed clay pot worked its magic creating mouth watering deliciousness and providing our only source of heat, right up until the soup at the end - a conflation of all previous flavors, and the best part.

                1. re: ChancesR

                  I'm interested in trying it. I'm just bummed because I just moved nearby and was hoping that it would become my go-to take-out place. It would be great if they would offer their regular menu as well.

                  1. re: bob s

                    Yeah, I'm on the same page - it sounds cool and we'll try it, but I don't want to go all the way to the other locations for the rest of the menu.

                2. re: bob s

                  Son of a... so now I have to go deal with college kids to get my kung pao shrimp, green beans and dan dan noodles? This sucks! :(