News from the Travail Universe: New building, PAMP Brewpub, BBQ details

Travail's James Winberg and Bob Gerken prepping dinner // Photo by Wing Ta

Travail’s James Winberg and Bob Gerken prepping dinner // Photo by Wing Ta

The ever-expanding Travail Gastronomic Universe (TGU) has announced plans for the their next spate of blockbusters. Here are the broad strokes:

Minnesota BBQ Company opening this August

Kale Thome has been with the TGU since 2010, and the Wichita, Kansas, native will soon open the long-awaited Minnesota BBQ Company at 816 Lowry Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis. Travail founders James Winberg, Mike Brown, and Bob Gerken have collaborated with Thome on the concept, which will focus on take-out, catering, and limited delivery to the breweries in the neighborhood.

YET ANOTHER new home for Travail

Travail Kitchen & Amusements will stay put (at 4124 Broadway) until the end of 2018, while their new home is being constructed across the street (at 4135 Broadway). They’ll be continuing their ticketed reservation system, but will shift from two seatings per night to one seating of 40 per night, Wednesday through Saturday. They’ve described the new format as that of a dinner party—eat and drink as much as you like, and feel free to linger knowing that another seating isn’t anxious for your chair. Look for that space to open mid-March 2019.

Pig Ate My Pizza to expand with a brewpub

After Travail leaves 4124 Broadway, Pig Ate My Pizza will move in after a quick remodel (current opening estimate: February 2019) where they’ll expand into a “chef-driven” brewpub. Andy Goettsch and Nate Moser, both longtime fixtures in the TGU, will be the chef-brewers, joined in the kitchen by current PAMP chef de cuisine, Josh Disher.