During the construction of Travail’s next generation of restaurant theaters in Robbinsdale, the chef collective have taken up an extended residence at 1930 Hennepin Avenue. The restaurant, for now, is calling Homage, paying service to the chefs and white linen restaurants that dominated the 90s. Mike Brown, Bob Gerken, and James Winberg, the chef/owners of Travail have teamed with chef Doug Flicker. He was once the up-and-coming chef/owner of a legendary restaurant once located in this very location, it was called Auriga. Flicker and his restaurant are just some of the creative minds the menu pays tribute to.
Introductory bites are inspired by Minneapolis trailblazer chefs like Tim McKee, Alex Roberts, and Jack Riebel. Desserts are a hat tip to Michelle Gayer, who was Charlie Trotter’s pastry chef at the time. In between the menu hits on every boldface name ever listed in Gourmet under Ruth Reichl’s tenure.
The tasting menu is a tromp through the greatest hits of the decade with ruminations on beets, goat cheese, cosmopolitans, dollop presentations and a whole pressed chicken.
Tickets are available for a multi-course meal, presented as all Travail meals are, by the chefs who have prepared courses.
The cost for the multi-course experience ranges from $95 to $135 and tickets have to be purchased ahead of time.
For those that aren’t able to secure the full service or don’t plan ahead, the bar is open and requires no reservations.
The bar has its own menu that includes burgers and pizza. A $5 pizza with a $3 glass of wine were mainstays of Auriga’s happy hour.
Homage is open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner.