St. Paul fans of Greek food be advised: You might want to get your fix this month, because the St. Paul branch of Christos will be closing after June 30 for five months while the Union Depot is being renovated as a transportation hub. The restaurant will reopen on December 1 in an extensively redesigned space.
Christos (City Pages' Best Greek Restaurant in 2011) is known for its dramatic setting inside the vast Union Depot lobby. But the makeover is necessary as part of Ramsey County's plan to restore the 1923 building and reclaim it as a major transit center for rail and bus lines.
"It's going to be stunning," says Christos owner Gus Parpas, who has seen plans for the new space. "It's extensive. It some cases it's radical."
The county has agreed to "partially compensate" Christos during the closure, Parpas says, to allow the restaurant, which has been in the space for 15 years, to reopen when construction is finished. "Obviously, we would prefer not to close," he says. In the interim, Parpas says he will be able to retain some, but not all, of his employees. The restaurant will still be taking bookings for events happening after December 1.