Union Bar and Soda Fountain
Union Bar & Soda Fountain, an inspired all American diner is the latest concept from the owners of The Melting Pot, Rodizio Grill, and Social. Owners Ryan Houdek, Ty Fulcher, and Raffi Jergerian are hopeful that Union will bring an added feeling of innovative culinary energy to the blossoming gateway to the River district.
Soda fountains, malt shops, diners – call them what you will. They have been a part of American history since the early 1900’s where diner like establishments was housed in drug stores or candy stores. The humble soda fountain was the focal point of many a neighborhood social scene, a kind of favorite neighborhood hangout. Keeping the tradition alive, this mixing and mingling space is making a comeback with an emphasis on craft and community, creating nostalgia for local eateries.
Unions’ culinary staff prepares the finest American diner food with tried and true original recipes. The recipes feature what we all love about comfort food. It’s simplicity. Every item is meant to be the best and thoroughly delicious! Quality ingredients combined with unique, signature recipes will keep you coming back for more.
The inspired menu is filled with throw-back comfort foods that are crave-able any time of the day. Brunch, lunch and dinner items are served all day. Grilled cheese dippers with melted Comte cheese served with tomato bisque soup, the Fort Collins Midwest diners style Monte Cristo – a ham sandwich with Gruyere cheese dipped in a French toast batter then fried and accompanied by berry jam, warming fluffy flapjacks, crispy salad creations, Motown Chili and Blue plate specials round off the extensive menu options. Gluten-free and kids menu are also available.
It also goes without saying, that there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned burger. And searching for the best burger in town is always a fun adventure and is a constant argument among locals. Union serves up some of the finest burgers in town, the ones you remember and loved as a kid, but are even better now as an adult. The scrumptious Union Burger is huge with 2 double Angus patties, with American cheese, butter lettuce, tomato-shallot relish served on a brioche bun- wowsa!
Don’t forget to save room for delectable dessert! Union devotedly re-creates nostalgic classics – phosphates, floats, egg creams and more with handcrafted artisan syrups especially designed to suit your taste buds. Yummy peanut butter pretzel sundaes, midnight cookie sundaes, 12 flavors of irresistible floats, shakes and more await your pleasure. Did you know that a person who dispenses carbonated drinks and ice creams at a soda fountain is called a soda jerk? This soda jerk is as skilled and serious as any modern day mixologist.
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What? The bar focuses on fun and bubbly drinks. Serious drinks are presented in a very playful way. With names like Firing Squad, Death in the Afternoon and Rickety Cricket, you know you are going to have a good time! Like any great bar, Union is capable of making any proper cocktail, as well as creating something specifically for the needs of their guests. The focus is on local products when it comes to both spirits, as well as the beer selection. An extraordinary selection of sparkling wines is available to support any celebration big or small. Happy hour is daily from 4-6pm and all day on Wednesday.
The expansive 6000 sq. ft building on the corner of Linden and Jefferson St. boasts a Mid-century modern deco. Vaulted ceiling and overly large windows blend well with the architect of the Old Town region. This brick-and-glass structure comfortably seats 175 diners inside. On beautiful Colorado sunny days, expansive garage doors offer the option to an additional 125 seats on the outdoor patio with a fire pit, heated seats, and tables.
Leave your worries behind, relax and enjoy.
Whether it be a quick bite with a colleague or an entire afternoon with friends, Union offers a fun option for crave-able food. Find your next favorite today.
Union is open daily from 10am – 10pm. Located at 250 Jefferson St, Fort Collins. 970-825-5558. Unionbarsodafountain.com