With Grand Opening Postponed, Robbinsdale’s Travail Offers Alternatives
Robbinsdale’s Travail Kitchen and Amusements was supposed to open its new building along West Broadway on March 16.
Unfortunately, that happened to coincide with the executive order issued by Governor Walz mandating the temporary closure of bars and restaurants. A lot of work to make the opening happen was all of a sudden pushed aside.
“Which is crazy, because it was about a two-year plus project,” said Mike Brown, co-owner of Travail. “We were forced to not only, not open here, but close Pig Ate My Pizza and to lay everybody off that worked for us. But we got right on it. We decided we were going to try to do whatever we could to try to bring in any kind of revenue and try to service the community.”
While the new grand opening date is to be determined, people still have an opportunity not only to enjoy Travail’s food, but to help others in the community.
Travail Shifts to Family Meal Carryout
People can still enjoy a hearty dinner straight from the Travail team. Every week, they offer a different meal package for pickup. Travail’s chefs will craft the meals in a way that preparation is as simple as possible (some reheating in a pan, warming in an oven, etc.) and each meal will come with instructions. People can also find video demos on Travail’s website.
Family meals are available to preorder on the website, Tock. One dinner costs $50 (plus a service charge) and is designed to serve two people.
Pig’s Bloody Mary Mix
At neighboring restaurant, Pig Ate My Pizza, they’ll use the proceeds from every quart of bloody mix they sell to provide their unemployed staff members with a weekly grocery package. The cost is $10 per quart. The grocery package includes NY strip streaks, cheese, crackers, vegetables, salsa, sour cream, chips and toilet paper.
PiggyBoxes for North Memorial Hospital Staff
For $12, Travail/Pig Ate My Pizza and nearby Marna’s Eatery are offering people the opportunity to purchase meals for staff members at North Memorial Health Hospital.
“We’ve had a really wonderful response,” Brown said. “There’s already a hundred lunches that have been purchased.”
At the end of each week, they plan to tally up the orders and make a large delivery to North Memorial the following week.