Yearly Archives: 2019

Union Depot Welcomes New Restaurant

November 5, 2019

Local non-profit aims to revitalize space through both menu and mission



Connie Shaver, (612) 308-5785,


SAINT PAUL, Minn. (DATE) – Union Depot is excited to welcome Station 81, an affiliate of the non-profit Appetite for Change, as its new restaurant destination—opening December 6, 2019. Station 81, its name a nod to Union Depot’s original founding in 1881, replaces Union Depot Bar & Grill, operated by Kaskaid Hospitality.

Station 81 will offer healthy and locally grown food – including some from its own garden plots. To serve a variety of customers, the menu will have a significant portion dedicated to vegetarian and vegan dishes.

The restaurant’s modern facade and menu come at an affordable price point, ensuring wide appeal. Station 81 aims to become a true gathering place at the heart of Lowertown with expanded happy hour deals and lunch and dinner specials that will showcase Union Depot as a unique destination for dining and socializing.

Station 81 also plans to use food as a means to build community through health, wealth and social change. Appetite for Change’s mission inspires its restaurant locations to create jobs and offer career programs for underserved populations. This helps spark economic growth and gives community members a chance to learn professional and personal skills.


Driven by social change, Appetite for Change strives to put a strong focus on youth, social vigilance and community growth. Appetite for Change has nine unique programs, including Community Cooks Workshops, the West Broadway Farmers Market, the Northside Fresh Coalition, Kindred Kitchen, Breaking Bread Café and workforce development initiatives for youth and adults. All share the goal of using food as a means to positively impact the community.

Appetite for Change’s local eatery, Breaking Bread Café, sees great success in everyday dining as well as catering services. As the new preferred caterer, Breaking Bread Catering plans to offer flexible options for events at Union Depot.

“Appetite for Change is proud to expand its work with food into our new location at Union Depot this December. We will continue to build on the foundation that Breaking Bread has established as a restaurant and we are excited to expand the scope of our current operations, employment opportunities, and training programs as we scale into this unique opportunity with Ramsey County,” said Aaron Palm, Chief Strategy and Finance Officer of Appetite for Change.


“Through both menu and mission, Station 81 is a great fit for Union Depot and Lowertown,” said Lindsay Boyd, Marketing Manager at Union Depot. “This exciting new dining approach in our historic space will provide a unique destination experience, as well as a great everyday option for our local community.”

Station 81 opens concurrently with Union Depot’s popular annual Hub for the Holidays events, offering visitors a great opportunity to experience the new restaurant.


About Union Depot:


Union Depot is a regional multi-modal transportation hub and event venue in the heart of the Twin Cities. One of America’s great rail stations since its completion in 1926, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, beautifully restored in 2012, and certified LEED® Gold in 2014. Union Depot offers a full complement of transportation services—including Amtrak®, Jefferson Lines, Metro Transit, Greyhound, Megabus and Hertz—as well as parking and bike storage. Owned by Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority and operated by JLL, it’s an ideal setting for weddings, large events, meetings and more. Visit for more information.




Union Depot Team Seeking Tall Evergreen Tree for “Hub for the Holidays” Festivities

July 15, 2019

The Union Depot management team is seeking a 50’-70’ tall evergreen tree to serve as the Union Depot Holiday Tree . The majestic evergreen will be the glittering showpiece of the venue’s Hub for the Holidays festivities, beginning with the Holiday Tree Lighting celebration on Friday, December 6. The Union Depot Holiday Tree —twinkling brightly with more than 15,000 energy-efficient LED lights—will stand tall on the North Plaza, adjacent to the Green Line light rail station on 4th Street, to welcome visitors to the grand front entrance of Union Depot during the holiday season.

The key requirements for a tree to be considered are:

  • it must have overgrown its location or otherwise needs to be removed
  • it must be in good condition as the tree will be viewed from 360 degrees
  • it must be located within Ramsey County

Individuals interested in donating a tree for this celebration should email their address and a photo of the tree to or call 651-202-2700. The owner of the chosen tree will be eligible to have the tree removed and the stump ground down at no charge plus participate in the Holiday Tree Lighting celebration. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 20, 2019.

Lowertown Pop 2019 Pops Up In Union Depot

March 6, 2019

Lowertown Pop – A Minnesota Maker market featuring local artisans and craftspeople including brewers, bakers, distillers, artists and musicians. The annual market will be held on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Waiting Room at Union Depot and will benefit Her Spirit. Lowertown Pop is a fundraising marketplace, meaning 50 percent of ticket sales will be donated to Her Spirit and 50 percent will be given to one lucky Minnesota Maker.

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