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After a year away, Travail nears its return to Robbinsdale

It's opening the basement bar at its new $1 million home on Wednesday.

Robbinsdale's temporary loss has been Minneapolis' gain this past year, but Travail Kitchen & Amusements is nearly ready to return home.

The acclaimed restaurant, known for its unique and entertaining tasting menu experiences, has taken up temporary residence in Lowry Hill since January last year, while work was undertaken on its $1 million new home on Main Street Robbinsdale.

But its time in Minneapolis is nearly over, with the restaurant confirming that Travail Basement Bar in the new complex's lower level will open this Wednesday, Feb. 19.

That will be followed in the coming weeks by Travail's new three-level restaurant.

The restaurant's residency in Minneapolis is coming to a close at the end of February, with Uffda the last of the five different tasting menus offered during Travail's 13-and-a-half-month stretch in Lowry Hill.

During that time, the restaurant earned the title of Restaurant of the Year in the Twin Cities Eater's 2019 Awards – not bad for a residency!

The team at Travail have described the new Robbinsdale location as "the restaurant of our dreams."

Tickets for Travail's signature chef's tasting menu at its new home will be released "very soon," per an email sent out by the restaurant on Monday.

Travail's other Robbinsdale restaurant, Pig Ate My Pizza, re-opened last spring after moving into the old Travail space and adding a brewpub.

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