UMAMI by Travail will close after all

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Joy Summers
Last call for the little pop-up that could
It's been a thrilling year for the merry band of culinary revolutionaries at Travail: They opened Pig Ate My Pizza, popped up all over town, and dominated Kickstarter. But now it seems their latest endeavor, the UMAMI pop-up that was slated to stick around for a while as a dim sum destination, will close at the end of December.

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"We have decided that December will be the final month of the UMAMI pop up in north Minneapolis," Travail explained in a statement. "We are not leaving because the business was unsuccessful, but rather because its success came at time when the organization was already overextended."

With construction going gangbusters over at the future home of their next two concepts, the much-anticipated return of Travail and their new small plates and cocktail spot, the Rookery, this news is not entirely surprising. 

UMAMI was always meant to be temporary, but when tickets were gobbled up the moment they were posted and people were still crying out for more, they decided that it could work as a full-time restaurant. They pulled in Geoff Hausmann, who had previously made over the menu at the Sample Room, and he re-wrote the menu to feature entirely dim sum.

With the closing of UMAMI, Hausmann will be folded back into the kitchen crew, and we hope to see him behind the line when Travail re-opens. The anticipated opening date remains early 2014.

Didn't make the trip to North for UMAMI? A few tickets remain. Grab them if you want them, because soon it will all be just a flavorful memory.

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Location Info

UMAMI By Travail - CLOSED

904 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant


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Ross Levine
Ross Levine

While I obviously haven't yet tried the Rookery, this place conceptually is likely to be my favorite among their threes opened or opening restaurants. Really big bummer they aren't sticking around after all.

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