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Boundary-Breaking Chef Collective Continues to Take Over Robbinsdale

Travail is moving across the street and Pig Ate My Pizza will take current location

Head chef/owners James Winberg, Bob Gerken and Micheal Brown
Stephanie A. Meyer/Eater Twin Cities

Travail is building itself a new restaurant in Robbinsdale. Again. What began as a small restaurant with chefs serving as servers with affordable tasting menus led to a record-smashing Kickstarter campaign that allowed them to build a new restaurant from scratch is now on the move again. Travail will move into a newly constructed building across the street Pig Ate My Pizza, which is now in the cozy space that the original Travail will move into the current location and oh - there’s also the long-anticipated barbecue restaurant in Northeast. It’s a lot of moving parts. Here’s how it breaks down:

New Travail

The newly constructed building will allow for 150-200 restaurant seats and includes a rooftop patio with expansive views. Tickets will continue to be sold for the unique, interactive dining experiences where people might find themselves eating prosciutto off a branch or having popcorn lobbed in their general direction.

Where: 4131 to 4135 West Broadway, Robbinsdale

When: Expected opening March 2019

Personal-sized pizzas with all kinds of toppings
Photo courtesy of Pig Ate My Pizza

Pig Ate My Pizza Brewpub

The gastropub pizza place is adding a brewery into the existing Travail restaurant. Leading that restaurant will be a trio of chefs, Andy Goettsch, Nate Moser and Josh Disher. Goettsch and Moser are avid home brewers and will be bringing the Travailian creative spirit to the beer front. Brews will be available in addition to a full bar and in crowlers to take home.

There will be some re-jiggering of the current space including building out a screened in front porch for an added dose of Minnesota country charm.

Where: 4124 West Broadway, Robbinsdale

When: February of 2019

That barbecue project is even closer to reality
Minnesota BBQ Co./Website

Minnesota BBQ Company

The one project happening outside of Robbinsdale is the highly anticipated barbecue project from longtime Travail chef and one-time Kansas resident Kale Thome. The 750 square foot space will serve take-out barbecue. And it’s not a re-imagined idea of what barbecue could be, it’s real deal ribs, brisket and the like.

Where: 816 Lowry Avenue, Minneapolis

When: August, 2018

A cook with their back to the camera is wearing a blue Travail t-shirt inside the Robbinsdale restaurant
Payment gets diners the official title of Travailian
Stephanie A. Meyer / Eater Twin Cities


Part of the thrill of the restaurants this collective creates is that they make diners players in the party created at each meal inside the space. Now, people can buy into the business and get a membership at three different levels that gets people fist tastes, free beer, VIP treatment and other perks.

Where: All access to all three restaurants and Travail events.

When: Starting now

Cost: Membership prices start at $300 and go all the way up to $2500

Pig Ate My Pizza

4124 West Broadway Avenue, , MN 55422 (763) 537-7267 Visit Website

Travail Kitchen and Amusements

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