Mercantile Dining & Provision is the one restaurant in the station that isn’t open yet, it is scheduled to open in September. It is owned by chef Alex Seidel of the well regarded Fruition, and is pitched as “a European inspired market and restaurant”. I have high hopes of this being one of my favorite places in the station!
Fresh Exchange, I have to be honest, is the one place in Union Station that I’m not really excited about. It’s an average sandwich shop. I get that they want a range of offerings in the station, it shouldn’t all be “high end”, that makes sense. And I get that they want non-chain places. But the other “basic” offerings – the burger place, the coffee shop, the ice cream parlor, all have something a little bit special and cool about them. To me this doesn’t, sorry :(. But if you want a quick sandwich in Union Station, you can get it here!
I love the Kitchen Next Door “Community Pub” for its down to earth atmosphere and reasonable prices for gourmet comfort food. It’s part of The Kitchen family of restaurants started in Boulder by well known entrepreneur Kimball Musk. Its fancier cousin The Kitchen is just two blocks away up 16th Street, and is also well worth a visit.