NAU introduces the 1899 Bar and Grill: A modern take on classic fare

1899 Grill interior
1899 Grill interior
The new 1899 Bar and Grill features a sophisticated, contemporary feel, yet remains true to its historic roots.

Situated in the historic North Union at Northern Arizona University, the new 1899 Bar and Grill is dishing up classic American bistro fare with a steakhouse flair, featuring many foods native to the Southwest.

The NAU Foundation has 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.

“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.

Open for lunch and dinner, the 1899 Bar and Grill will serve traditional steakhouse options as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Locally produced fruits, vegetables and baked goods will be highlighted and locally-produced beef will be on the menu soon.

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, a director 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.

A dinner menu sampling


Ceviche Martini

Western Bruschetta

Soups and Salads

Tomato Stack Salad

Southwest Side Salad

Lobster Leek Bisque

Pepper and Gouda Soup


Bacon Wrapped Loin of Lamb

Ribeye House Steak

Smoked Achiote Chicken

Salmon with Sweet Chile Sauce



Mango Tamarind Mousse

choices at 1899 grill
Clockwise from top left: New signage adorns the old North Union to welcome guests to the new 1899 Bar and Grill; An achiote grilled pork chop served with a savory stack of mashed potatoes; A dessert of mango mousse layered over tamarind ends a meal on a sweet and tangy note; Vegetarians might enjoy a serving of spaghetti squash sautéed in butter and garlic and tossed with a pomodoro sauce and basil; Get your fill with a juicy cut of seasoned beef tenderloin, served alongside a ‘boat’ of potatoes au gratin.