The final food concept at St. Louis Union Station features family-friendly fast-casual fare.
1894 Cafe debuted along with the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station in December, featuring World’s Fair-inspired foods including cheeseburgers, hot dogs, soft pretzels and more.
The second-story concept, which gets its name from the year that Union Station was built, is the third restaurant from Lodging Hospitality Management to complete the $45 million St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station project. It follows the opening of St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain.
“It’s been a fun open environment with the best view of the whole Union Station area,” says general manager Emily Swackhamer. “We love the additional seating on the patio for the fire show. It’s been great having families and kids come in excited to see everything we have on offer.”
The approximately 200-seat space features a bright color palette and plenty of seats for Union Station visitors waiting to enjoy the aquarium or adjacent mirror maze and ropes course, the latter which features a zipline 50 feet over the aquarium lobby floor. Benches feature outlets to charge phones and other devices.
Best-selling items from the menu include a grilled chicken sandwich as well as a cheeseburger with American cheese, both on split-top buns. Additional sandwich options include a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables, avocado and tomato on a whole-wheat tortilla; an all-beef hot dog; and a fried fish sandwich with battered cod and cheese.
Snack options include red pepper hummus with pita bread, carrots and cucumbers; bite-sized corn dogs; and chocolate chip cookies. Salads include a cobb with shredded iceberg lettuce, bacon, hard-boiled egg, grilled chicken, tomato and avocado. A kids menu includes options such as a grilled cheese and chicken nuggets.
1894 Cafe is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 6pm and Friday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm.
1894 Cafe (inside Union Station), 1820 Market St., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.621.5262, https://www.stlouisunionstation.com/1894-cafe