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Travail starts 6-month Minneapolis residency by bringing back Umami

The food innovators are in Minneapolis while their new Robbinsdale digs are constructed.

Travail is now open for business in Minneapolis, kicking off its 6-month residency in the Lowry Hill neighborhood on Wednesday.

The food collective has temporarily shifted its main restaurant to 1930 Hennepin Avenue for the first half of 2019, while work is completed on its new, million-dollar digs on Main Street Robbinsdale.

And it's starting its residency by bringing back an old favorite, Umami, the Asian-inspired tasting menu which Twin Cities diners went wild for during a limited-time pop-up in North Minneapolis in 2013.

The fixed-price menu will include a Dim Sum cart service, sake bombs, and shared family courses, while an a la carte menu will also be available on a first come, first served basis.

It's the first of three 2-month-long dining experiences planned by Travail during its residency.

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The first tranche of reservations for January and early February are already sold out, but you can grab tickets for the second month of Umami when reservations go live next Wednesday.

It'll cost you $85 per person, plus tax and service fees, to try the tasting menu, plus an extra $50 if you want accompanying drink flights. Ticket info here.

2019 is shaping up to be a momentous year for Travail, which as well as moving into new premises in Robbinsdale in pursuit of becoming Minnesota's only Michelin-starred restaurant, is also opening a small barbecue joint in Northeast Minneapolis.

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