Best team effort - Travail Kitchen and Amusements - 2014 Best of MN

  • Updated: May 20, 2014 - 2:01 PM

Owners Mike Brown, front center (green shirt), James Winberg, seated next to Brown, and Bob Gerken, second from left in front row, stand with their staff at Travail and the Rookery in Robbinsdale.

Photo: Courtney Perry, Special to the Star Tribune,

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When Travail Kitchen and Amusements co-owners Bob Gerken, James Winberg and Mike Brown set out to design their new facility — just a few doors to the south of the original storefront location — they emphasized a layout that facilitates an unprecedented level of interaction between kitchen crew and diners. When the restaurant is running at full tilt — which starts the minute the doors open — two dozen cooks are in plain sight, working the stoves, plating dishes and parading past tables in an energetic vaudeville that is clearly an ensemble show rather than a star vehicle. Cue the standing ovation. 4124 W. Broadway, Robbinsdale; 763-535-1131;

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