VENUE DETAILS

Galaxy Drive In

Price:

Cuisine Type:

American, American casual

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

Handicap Accessible:

No

Outdoor Seating:

Yes

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REVIEW

A shooting star on Hwy. 7

How to explain the bumper-to-bumper craziness outside the Galaxy Drive-In? Maybe it's that Minnesota summers seem to fly by in about an hour and a half, leading us to maximize every second of outdoor enjoyment. Or perhaps the interest is anticipation-driven, as curiosity seekers have eagerly watched new owner Steve Schussler slap a dramatic, hey-look-at-me makeover on the formerly modest Wagner's Drive-In.

Whatever the reason, it's a good thing that my friend and I arrived a good 10 minutes before the gate opened. A line quickly formed behind us and, by the time we were scarfing fries, the place was a mob scene.

Let's be honest here: Wagner's was a dump. A lovable dump, one held together by paint and a prayer, but a dump nonetheless. Schussler, the eatertainery brainiac behind the Rainforest Cafe, has transformed schlumpy, unassuming Wagner's into an Event. The grounds are as pristine as Lakewood Cemetery (and peppered with almost as much statuary) and the building, gleaming with its shiny new purple, orange and aqua paint job, is a jazzed-up George Jetson-meets-vintage Howard Johnson. It's as if Schussler struck a Faustian deal with the surrounding residents: I'll make this joint sparkle like a cubic zirconia solitaire if you put up with the ensuing traffic. The place has "prototype" written all over it.

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Where:

Galaxy Drive In
3712 Quebec Av. S.
St. Louis Park, MN
952-277-7777

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