The Pullman causes culinary buzz

Lisa Popish receives her lunch at The Pullman Tuesday afternoon.

Glenwood Springs’ newest restaurant, The Pullman, has created quite a buzz in the communities up and down Interstate 70.

Open only four weeks, the new restaurant is attracting foodies of all ages who want to try casual but sophisticated American cuisine.

“We thought we’d bring in a young professional crowd — late 20s, early 30s — but we brought out a class of foodies that I didn’t know Glenwood had,” said Jason Wessels, director of corporate culture for the restaurant.

Every meal has attracted a packed house, he said. “It’s been awesome. We are just so thrilled to be a part of this community,” he added. The people who are eating here are savvy about food and wine, he said.

This is the third restaurant for owners Mark Fischer and Lari Goode. The Pullman is benefiting from the renowned reputation of Fischer and Goode’s restaurants in Carbondale, Six89 and Phat Thai.

“We’re pumped to have something new around here and the ones in Carbondale are really good too,” said repeat customer, Matt Soltesz.

Wessels said the food is tasty and upscale, but the outstanding service and contemporary design of the new restaurant adds to the overall experience.

“When you walk in, you can tell that our servers are really stoked to work here,” he said, also waving and thanking every customer on their way out the door Tuesday afternoon.

The Pullman is also in a coveted location, holding the corner of Seventh Street and Cooper, just across from the Amtrak Train Station and an easy walk from anywhere downtown. The building used to be the home of The Roxy, a popular nightclub. Just three months ago, the building was gutted and the new decor built from scratch.

“We are really lucky to have scored this location,” said Wessels.

The menu, he said, is wide open at this point, serving burgers, pasta, salads and sandwiches. The restaurant uses as many local sources for fresh food as possible.

“We’re trying to take a more casual approach to dining,” Wessels said. “Our food doesn’t really fit into any one box.”

Two weeks ago, the restaurant opened for weekend brunch. In the near future, it will be open in the morning for light coffee and pastry items.

Wessels said it is very likely that Fischer and Goode could open a restaurant either in Grand Junction or on the Front Range in the future.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and reopens at 5 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, call 970-230-9234.


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