Travail chef Kale Thome plans to open takeout joint this August
There is an opening in sight for Minnesota BBQ Company, the barbecue operation from Travail Kitchen & Amusements’ Kale Thome.
Travail recently announced that the takeout barbecue joint is slated to open this August inside a small, one-story building 816 Lowry Ave. NE, just a block-and-a-half west of Lowry & Central.
With its brick-and-mortar location near the heart of Northeast’s brewery scene, the 750-square-foot takeout restaurant will deliver to nearby breweries.
Joy Martin Architecture is designing Minnesota BBQ Co. Thome and Travail chefs James Winberg, Mike Brown, and Bob Gerken are finishing the buildout and are outfitting the space with a custom-designed smoker. Concepts of the restaurant show the possibility of some exterior seating.
Thome, the concept’s executive chef and co-owner, is taking a regional approach to barbecue with influences from Minnesota products and culture, according to a release.
“I joke that fresh barbecue is like crack, but truly if you’ve ever had fresh barbecue that is off the smoker and rested — oh, my God, it’s like nothing else,” he said in a statement.
Minnesota BBQ Co. isn’t the only thing the Travail team is working on. The Robbinsdale-based restaurant is planning to move down the street and relocate its Pig Ate My Pizza restaurant in its place. A chef-driven microbrewery will join the pizza shop at 4124 W. Broadway Ave.
Travail has unveiled a membership program with perks like discounted party tickets and free food from Minnesota BBQ Co. at travailkitchen.com/travailians.