February 25, 2011

Flagstaff's newest restaurant -1899 Bar and Grill- to open on NAU campus next week

Photo courtesy NAU.edu
Flagstaff's newest restaurant is set to open Monday (February 28, 2011) on the Northern Arizona University campus.
1899 Bar and Grill is located in the historic North Union building at NAU's most northern end, near downtown Flagstaff.
The restaurant will feature Southwestern foods and classic steakhouse items as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. They will also focus on local produce, products and beef.

The NAU Foundation invested with Sodexo to create an upscale restaurant that will be open to the public, including students, faculty and staff. The restaurant will begin serving lunch on Monday, Feb. 28, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for early March and will eventually serve both lunch and dinner.

“The NAU Foundation sees investing in 1899 as an all-around win for the university and the community,” said Mason Gerety, vice president for Advancement. “The restaurant will offer one of the best learning environments for students in this state. By repurposing the North Union and preserving the character of the building, we are welcoming many more people into this space to share in the university’s history.”
The dining room seats about 100 in a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. It features the North Union’s original copper fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, which may be familiar to some alumni and visitors.

The 1899 Bar and Grill also will afford a unique learning experience for students in NAU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. They will gain real-world knowledge in their field, working alongside an experienced management staff and seasoned executive chef.

“Having a full-service restaurant gets our students out of the classroom and into a real kitchen line setting, similar to what they will work in after graduation,” said T.C. Eberly, adirector of Campus Services and Activities. “During peak times, students will learn the skills needed for kitchen staff to work together to serve a hundred guests an hour. We had a good facility at The Inn at NAU, and 1899 will provide even better learning opportunities for our students.”

The 1899 Bar and Grill is located at 307 W. Dupont Ave., across from the High Country Conference Center and Drury Inn and Suites. Information and reservations are available by calling (928) 523-1899. Cash, VISA, MasterCard, Jacks Debit Express and Dining Dollars will be accepted.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

A new style for Flagstaff and it is wonderful. Amazing food for anyone and the company from your friends will make you want to stay forever.

Anonymous said...

A group of us went there for lunch and it is a beautiful beautiful place. However, the food was horrible. One person sent their Pepper Gouda soup back twice, as it was room temperature with globs of cold cheese. Another found hair in their sandwich. Bread was requested with salads and re-requested multiple times - it finally arrived when everyone was done eating. We did eat the bread as the lunch salads were the size of a side salad with next to nothing on them. The summer salad had about 1 cup of mixed greens topped with 1 sliced strawberry, two pieces of mango, two paper thin strips of watermelon, and three strips of chicken about the size of a McDonald's french fry, all for $9.95. The Caesar salads were equally miniscule and the Caesar with shrimp had 5 tiny (50-60 per pound size shrimp). The salads at McDonald's and Wendy's are about 3-4 times the size with tons more toppings - that should give you a frame of reference.

The service was hopeless and totally uninformed.

We all agreed that none of us would return. Sorry but if the atmosphere is great and everything else is just plain poor - it should not remain in business - go somewhere else.

Angele said...

last time i went to 1899 we had horrible service as well. it took forever! however, my soup was still fabulous tasting. sounds like you had a horrible experience... and that they need a new waitstaff.

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