After an epic Kickstarter campaign, the opening and closing of a dim sum pop-up, and the making of a sexy chef calendar, the Travailians are finally back to what they are named for, a little Robbinsdale restaurant called Travail, which will officially re-open to the public tonight, along with its partner, The Rookery. The two restaurants share a space just down the street from Travail's original location, now home to Travail spin-off Pig Ate My Pizza.
The Travail side of the restaurant will serve a set tasting menu every night ($110 for a ten-course tasting menu for two, with optional $35/person wine pairing), while the Rookery side will focus on "micro-plates" (beef tongue slider, parsnip tortellini, all in the $2-$10 range) and cocktails; the Rookery has posted photos of several dishes and drinks on its Facebook page. They've been in soft opening mode for the last week, serving dinners for Kickstarter backers who pledged at $100 or more. (And hey, if you've been already, why not let us know how it was in the comments?)
Travail and The Rookery will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 - 11:30 p.m. They do not take reservations, but you can sometimes book the chef's table (6 person) or the "hot tub" booth (8-10 people).
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