Over the course of the summer, the Travail team has been offering one-time pop-ups across the city, but starting September 11, they will be opening a month-long pop-up in North Minneapolis, reports Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune. The 45-seat pop-up will focus on Asian street food and, instead of accepting reservations, will sell tickets to seatings, via an online ticket service. The as-yet-unnamed pop-up will be open until mid-October or possibly early November, depending on how construction is going at the Travail 2.0 site in Robbinsdale.
And, in a construction update, Nelson reports that the Travail crew is planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign on September 3, with the goal of filling a gap in funding between the money the owners have and what they need to build the Travail 2.0 "of their dreams." Co-owner Mike Brown told Nelson that they have decided not to take on any partners, so instead have turned to Kickstarter.
Brown mentioned two possible Kickstarter incentives. One, for those giving a modest amount, would be a "sexy Travail calendar" with chef cameos from the Cities' top kitchens (staying unnamed for now). For those giving in the thousands, incentives might include private parties or the ability to get reservations for a year at the otherwise-reservation-free restaurant.
· Keeping up at Travail [Star Tribune]
· All Coverage of Travail [Eater MPLS]