Robbinsdale's Travail Collective is bringing BBQ to Northeast Minneapolis

The Robbinsdale food collective has lofty ambitions.
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In a jam-packed business update on Wednesday, the team behind Travail Kitchen & Amusements and Pig Ate My Pizza revealed some tantalizing plans for Northeast Minneapolis.

The Robbinsdale crew confirmed news previously reported that it will shift Travail across the street to a new, $1 million restaurant as it seeks to become the first Minnesota restaurant to get a Michelin star (and actually, they want two).

This in turn would see Pig Ate My Pizza move to Travail's current location on Robbinsdale's main drag, but Travail isn't finished there.

It will also be bringing its new venture, Minnesota BBQ Company, to Northeast Minneapolis in the near future, and on Wednesday revealed it'll be located at 816 Lowry Avenue NE.

It'll be headed up by Kansas native and long-time Travail chef Kale Thome, whose previously given fans a taste of his barbecue creations while cooking out of the Robbinsdale eatery and at special events.

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He'll now be getting a permanent location on Lowry Avenue, not far from where Minneapolis institution Market Bar-B-Que is relocating after being forced from its Loring Park home.

Travail says Thome and his crew are finishing the "final renovations" on the new space that will include a custom smoker, and it should be open by the end of this summer.

CityPages reports it'll be small at just 750 square feet, and will primarily operate as a takeout, catering and limited delivery joint.

And what to expect food wise? According to Travail, Thome will be serving up smoked ribs, brisket sandwiches, smoked duck, half chicken, apple bacon sausage, slaw, baked beans, house made pickles, and a sweet and savory sauce to top it all off.

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