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The Most Thrilling Pop-Up of 2013 Returns to Minneapolis Next Year

Dim sum, holiday lights and party tacos are on the winter agenda

Five years ago Travail’s Mike Brown served diners at UMAMI
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What: For a brief time in the autumn of 2013, Travail moved into an empty storefront in North Minneapolis and ran the most exciting dim sum party in the city had ever seen. After construction was completely on Travail 2.0 in downtown Robbinsdale, Umami was shuttered and faded into restaurant legend. Now, as Travail begins construction on its next location, the chef collective is bringing the good times back, this time in Minneapolis’ Lowry Hill neighborhood in the former Bradstreet/Rye Deli/Auriga space. With the fun times returns the with sum cart service and the gonzo stylings of a Travail tasting menu. Tickets will go on sale Monday November 19 to Travail members and open to the rest of us on Tuesday November 20.

There will also be a full bar will some dishes available for take out. That space will function much like the bar at the current Travail does.

A tasting course at Umami on opening night
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Where: 1930 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis

When: January and February

Cost: $85 for the tasting menu with optional $50 beverage pairings. Tickets are available here.

Why It’s Worth Your Dollars: For a while there was hope that UMAMI would stick around, but as the Travail team moved on to opening its main restaurant, the owners realized they had to focus on that task at hand. Diners and the chefs have missed this idea ever since. Expect the flavors and good times to come roaring back.

Celebrating two years on West 7th, Pajarito with a little Milwaukee flavor
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Pajarito Turns Two

What: The lively Mexican restaurant from chefs Stephan Hesse and Tyge Nelson is throwing a birthday bash and inviting well-known friends to help out. Justin Carlisle of Milwaukee’s famed Ardent, Laughing Taco and Red Light Ramen will be cooking as will John Kraus, the very big deal chef and chocolate master of Patisserie 46 and the Rose Street Patisseries. Food will be a mix of tacos, ramen and likely some pretty crazy good desserts. Pajarito is also pairing with neighbor-brewers Bad Weather to create a special beer for the day.

Where: Pajarito 605 West 7th Street, Saint Paul

When: December 5 and 6, 4 pm to 10 pm

Cost: Menu items are a la cart, but tickets are required with a $20 deposit

Why it’s worth your dollars: Who doesn’t want to order party ramen with a side of birthday taco?

Christmas AF
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Miracle at Lawless

What: A fever dream of holiday spirit returns to Lawless Distilling. The pop-up feels like an LSD trip through It’s A Wonderful Life and with Lawless fresh off its champion win at the 2018 Iron Bartender the drinks, twinkle lights and jingle bells should be extra vivid this year.

Where: Lawless Distilling 2619 28th Avenue South, Minneapolis

When: November 23 through December 31

Cost: Price of cocktails

Why its worth your dollars: It’s the embodiment of hate-watching the Hallmark channel while drinking game of shots of Schnapps every time the characters have a light-hearted misunderstanding. (Double shots for mistaken identities.) Or maybe that’s just us. C’mon, it’s the holidays, you grinch! Get to drinking with friends.


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Bradstreet Neighborhood Crafthouse

, Minneapolis, MN (612) 871-1200


605 7th Street West, , MN 55102 (651) 340-9545 Visit Website

Travail Kitchen and Amusements

4134 Hubbard Avenue North, , MN 55422 (763) 535-1131 Visit Website

Rye Delicatessen

1930 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 612-871-1200 Visit Website