Who We Are

Kale Thome and Travail Collective are proud to introduce Minnesota Barbecue Company. Located at 816 Lowry Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, this take-out craft barbecue restaurant is a collaboration between Thome, longtime executive chef at Travail, and Travail co-founders Mike Brown, James Winberg and Bob Gerken.

“I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where barbecue is a way of life,” says Thome. “At this point in my career, I’m excited to go back to my roots and use the abundance of wonderful local products to bring my own brand of Minnesota craft barbecue to the neighborhood.”

A New Home

Located between Quincy and Jackson Streets, the former abandoned 800-sq.-ft. building has been transformed into a modern barbecue joint with a custom smoker designed by the chefs and built by Sam Linhoff, a local artisan metalsmith who crafts lighting and other design elements for Travail and Pig Ate My Pizza. Joy Martin, AIA, of Minneapolis-based Joy Architecture collaborated with the chefs on the design of the space. In between opening Travail’s Minneapolis Residency and overseeing the design and construction of the new Travail and Pig Ate My Pizza on Broadway Avenue in the heart of Robbinsdale, the chefs did triple-duty as general contractors, carpenters, tile-setters and drywall installers.

Location & Parking

816 Lowry Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Parking is available at the follow:
- Side streets Jackson and Quincy.
- On Lowry except between 4-6pm
- Limited parking is available in the St. Clement’s Church lot; please use the space furthest from the church (closest to MN BBQ).

Please respect our neighbors and do not park in the adjacent NE Tattoo parking lot, and please do not block the alley next to our restaurant.



Wed & Thur 5-9pm

Fri & Sat 12noon-9pm
Dinner Menu starts at 5pm

Sunday 12noon-9pm
Dinner Menu starts at 5pm



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