Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:22 a.m.
Tasty bits from Travail
From smashing down walls, to building a pizza joint to hosting pop-ups all over town (including the forthcoming pop-up Umami), the chefs behind Travail have hardly been taking it easy. This morning they launched their next step in edging toward re-opening Travail in its new location. It's a Kickstarter campaign
with some tasty incentives to get their fans in on the Travail-ian action.
In their first hour alone, they raised almost a third of their of their $75,000 goal. Typical, since nothing these guys do is average. The Kickstarter video contains a certain furry element and the incentives include items like the 2014 Travail Sexy Chef calendar (Chef Bob Gerken was Eater Minneapolis' Hottest Chef
). There are even tastier treats for backers, including the opportunity to jump the line, host a dinner with your friends or learn on the line, in the kitchen about all the culinary magic these chefs weave.
On their Kickstarter page, they also share a rendering of what the new space will look like. The next chapter in Travail will continue their no-reservation policy, allowing an equal opportunity dining experience. As they describe it, "It will be a multi-hour, multi-sensory experience for food adventurers."
They also share some more details about The Rookery, where they will be serving, "Chef-driven cocktails and micro plates ranging from $2 to $20."
Sounds like a divine dining experience to us. They have 30 days left to go for their fundraiser, but at this rate, all the goodies are going to be gobbled up soon by eager investors. Here's your chance to jump on their bandwagon
Stay tuned as to where these guys will pop up next. Likely, the next opportunity to see them will be at their pop-up restaurant, Umami by Travail, coming to the former Louisiana Fried Chicken spot on Broadway and Bryant St. North, in North Minneapolis. Food they'll be serving was inspired by their one-day takeover of the Hola Arepa truck, inventive cuisine with an Asian flare. Think dim sum and street food dishes. (Judging by those pork buns they serve at Pig Ate My Pizza, they know a thing or three about how to execute those little lovelies.) They hope to be up and running this weekend, and open 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. through Saturday, serving wine and beer as well.
Tickets to dine at Umami will be available online. Those guests will be treated to a multi-course tasting menu. For those who would like to just grab and go, they will have some dishes available a la carte for take-away. Chef Brown assured me that everything will be super reasonably priced.
They have many more big plans on the horizon. We will keep you posted as more details arise.
::UPDATE:: The Travail goal of $75,00 was achieved in just under six hours. The project is still live and there are still benefits for contributing.