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, connieshaver@outlook.com


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 uniondepot.org for more information.