The Union review

Two of Reno’s greatest business leaders have teamed up to collaborate on a spot in Carson City, Nevada. Mark Estee, owner of three local restaurants, and Mark Trujillo, owner of Hub Coffee Roasters, have created The Union. The eatery, taphouse, and coffee shop opened at the end of June 2017 on Main Street in Carson.

Besides providing the quality of Estee’s locally-sourced food and Trujillo’s coffee, The Union also provides a large beer selection, thus covering all bases of a true Reno-Carson area restaurant.

During our first visit, my friend and I took a seat at the pizza bar, where we could see the front-of-house chefs throwing their pizzas into the wood oven. The environment felt laid-back, cozy, and inviting. Guests shared food with friends and family while servers refilled their beer glasses, keeping the atmosphere vibrant.

We felt encouraged by the menu to order a few beers, crispy shrimp and sweet peppers, and the roasted heirloom squash to start, a veggie burger, and the blue pear pizza. By the time we had finished our appetizers, I only managed to take a few bites of my burger before I threw in the towel and had our server box it up for me. The portion sizes are larger, fair to their prices, and well-worth the expense.

The Union offers pizzas, pastas, different meat entrees, seasonal sides, burgers and sandwiches, and of course, dessert. Mark Estee is well-known for creating the budino, made of chocolate cookie crunch, salted caramel pudding, and whipped cream. At his previous restaurant, Campo, the budino won the best dessert award for three years running.

Estee, Trujillo, and their other two business partners deliver a quality Reno-Carson experience through their food, coffee, and beer at The Union. Whether it's an early-morning coffee run or a family dinner, locals won’t want to miss out on this local experience.