Travail closing next month, but will resurface

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Michelle Leon
Fried chicken with pressed watermelon at Travail

Travail Kitchen and Amusements, otherwise known as Robbinsdale's crown gastronomic jewel, announced it will be closing on April 6, to the shock and dismay of many a local foodie. But don't get too down in the dumps. Travail's owners have plans to re-invent the restaurant as a two-parter (which will be in the same general neighborhood as the original Travail), and to open a pizza place in the old Travail space, which they're calling Pig Ate My Pizza, reports Mpls/St. Paul magazine. 

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Following one of the biggest local restaurant trends of the last year or two, Pig Ate My Pizza will also be doing a lot of its own charcuterie, in addition to about a dozen pizzas and other small plates. No exact opening date has been announced yet, but the space will need a bit of a facelift and some new equipment installed before they can start slinging pies.

Meanwhile, Travail won't be returning until fall, and when it does come back it will be smaller than the original. What will remain is their signature whimsical food and option to do tasting menus of various courses. The second part of the revamp is going to be a sandwich shop called the Rookery, which will have a full bar and original cocktail creations. 

So we'll all be without any Travail for at least a little while, but the reward for our patience will be a bunch of new concepts from a rock-solid culinary team. Done deal.


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Travail Kitchen and Amusements

4124 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN

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Wunderkammer, Inc.
Wunderkammer, Inc.

Looking forward to having you re-open down the street closer to us. A stop into Wunderkammer to check out the original fine art for sale will add to an enjoyable evening for your patrons.

Nick Funari
Nick Funari

Looking forward to all the new redesigns

handbanana17
handbanana17

I recently went there for the first time and experienced none of the grievances posted by previous commentators. I actually loved the fusion of the delicious, creative food and presentation with the extremely laid back and open, almost communal, atmosphere. Communal in that I sat at the counter, so I was very close to other patrons, and I could see right into the kitchen.  I could chit chat with the guy who was making my food, and he indulged me in conversation with a smile. Our servers were really great. I loved that I could go on a date with my boyfriend to a place where I felt like we didn't have to whisper or reign in our silliness. It made it a lot easier to create a Santa-style mustache and beard out of my anise-flavored cotton candy and just be me. The staff were all individual characters, as well. They weren't dressed up...it was truly a spotlight on the awesome food and really great, extensive beer and wine lists to complement. No dress code, no dim lighting and bored-looking patrons, and very little pretentiousness. What a lovely way to spend an evening.

Ryan Watson
Ryan Watson

Not sure why they would want to reopen in a smaller location, but I am looking forward to tasting all of the new stuff.

HungryHerbDickerson
HungryHerbDickerson

I never went.  They would close for a month at a time with no warning.  I'm told there was always a wait. And why, seriously a what the fuck, would you think it was good marketing to take pictures of people at your restaurant and then post them on Facebook with disparaging comments?  People who are bad at business should go out of business.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Finally Robbinsdale is waking up and realizing its potential. I for one would love to see a Blue Door Pub or Gastropub added to the neigborhood as well. Its pretty close to Surly...just saying :-)

WKaplan
WKaplan

@handbanana17 you should send this paragraph to the owners of Travail. I can't imagine a more flattering compliment, and I bet they'd be thrilled to see it.  

HungryHerbDickerson
HungryHerbDickerson

my point is it's hard to plan on going to a restaurant that might be closed or makes you wait in a line outside because they are not capable of figuring out how to do reservations like a real restaurant.  Sure maybe they were good cooks, maybe they can have friends over and that would be nice but they really didn't appear to understand Restaurant 101 type stuff like be open, take reservations and not mocking their customers.


CannedHeat
CannedHeat

@HungryHerbDickerson The restaurant world doesn't revolve around you or your preferences on how to dine out. The guys at Travail have earned the right to do what they please. If you don't like it, then there are thousands of other restaurants that you can call ahead to, reserve your table and sit down to for an un-Travail-like dining experience. If you had gone to Travail (and you still have time to do so) you'd realize it's not just about the food, it's about the experience. Those pictures you speak of are playful and innocent. They ask the customers if they can post it, and all agree because its just one of the many quirks of dining there.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Call ahead. I live 2 miles away, have gone a dozen times and never had longer than a 15 minute wait. 100% agree on the facebook posts. For some reason Travail thinks its funny to pick on people. One time I went with a couple and the waiter picked on the other guys cologne for like 10 minutes. He was trying to be very clever but came across as arrogrant.  Amazing food, but they do need to drop the ego.

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