jlulensk (33) san jose, California | July 6, 2014
- AMBIANCE 5/5
- SERVICE 3/10
- SELECTION 13/15
- FOOD N/A
- VALUE 8/10
- OVERALL 15/20
We have long been a fan of the Clarkston Union, and when we discovered this place was going up, there was much anticipation. The refurb of the fire hall is awesome, lots of attention to detail and a very cool place. We came there late one night, so did not have any of the food. However we did dig into the beer list. I think the one area that needs more attention is the service and level of knowledge around their beer selection. Clarkston Union is known for having an extensive beer list (along with awesome food), and very knowledgable wait staff. So the expectation was the same for the Fire Hall. However expectations have not been met. Service was slow and they need people who know their beer, not college kids on summer break. Fix this piece, and this place becomes a beer mecca.
paintedmaple (63) People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana | December 29, 2013| Updated March 9, 2014
- AMBIANCE 5/5
- SERVICE 5/10
- SELECTION 10/15
- FOOD 10/10
- VALUE 8/10
- OVERALL 17/20
Update: On the second trip to FFH during a huge snowstorm (still a two hour wait) the server told us that the beer menu was outdated and most of the selections were no longer available, however she couldn’t tell us what WAS available. Since this is a beer rating site and FFH couldn’t communicate their offerings (or even seem to care) this is a problem that needs to be fixed. OR you could look at it this way - you get two hours to try to figure out the tap list!
Previous review: The dream has become a reality with the opening of the Fenton Fire Hall. A painstakingly refurbished old fire station now is home to the Union Joints latest venture. Smoky (from the centerpiece wood fired pit) and loud, this place has all the good vibe of its older sibling - The Clarkston Union - and then some. Upon arrival we were told that there was a three hour wait for dinner and that we could head downstairs to the bar (there is also one on the main level). In the 30 minutes or so that we stood at the very crowded bar we befriended others who experienced a similar wait and told us that the bartenders completely avoided eye contact. Together we united to force some attention and finally got served! However, later, our food server, Tracy, more than made up for that by giving very friendly and attentive service while we dined. The food was awesome...I had the pan seared Octopus with a shaved Brussel sprout salad - both fantastic. The menu is an open fire masterpiece!
Fourtyeight beers on tap with a nice selection of fairly commonly available brews, but also had DFH 120 Minute for an after dinner wallop. Can’t wait to try out the roof deck that overlooks the Shiawassee River falls and the Fenton millpond. The only drawback to this place is that the FFH will be jam-packed whenever you decide to go...plan on waiting.