The Local serves full bar Downtown Grand Junction |

The Local serves full bar Downtown Grand Junction

Brittany Markert
The Local’s bar features Colorado brews and spirits from Palisade, Breckenridge and the Front Range. It also has an espresso machine.
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WHAT: The Local

WHEN: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 a.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: 336 Main St., Grand Junction

COST: $$

INFO: The Local on Facebook

Grand Valley residents have a new place to dine out, and round out the evening. The Local is now open and serving a full menu daily, along with Colorado brews and spirits. It’s located at 336 Main St., in downtown Grand Junction.

After Naggy McGee’s — a well-loved Irish brewpub formerly on Colorado Avenue — closed in August 2014, Kristin Mercer and Devin Dean, owners, sought to fill the void. They aimed to create a place that serves tasty food during the day and that could double as a nightly community hangout, open late-night on the weekends.

“The whole concept is to just get downtown,” Mercer said. “Opening my own restaurant is something I have always wanted to do.”

Dean also hopes people will consider The Local to be more than just a place to eat and drink.

“I want this to be a place they can call their own,” he said.

Though The Local soft-opened for business on Dec. 20, a liquor license awarded in January meant the owners waited to host their grand-opening celebration until Valentine’s Day weekend. It now boasts more than 50 local employees.


The meaning behind “The Local” is focused on Colorado-branded love.

According to Mercer and Dean, they plan to host bands, artists, and regionally-source food, along with brews and spirits from Colorado. Drink options include Breckenridge Distillery and Spring 44 Distilling, plus Ska Brewing Company, Palisade Brewing Company and Great Divide Brewing Company.

The Local’s menu consists of breakfast items like “The Hangover” — two home-made biscuits with two eggs, choice of meat, topped with gravy, cheese and a side of hash browns — which costs $11.50; and chicken and waffles for $8. Espresso and coffee is also available for purchase ranging from $2-$5 depending on drink.

Lunch and dinner features items like “The Local Burger” — Gorgonzola, honey mustard, sautéed onions, and breaded jalapeños — $10; or the “Banjo Burger” — blackened seasoning, fried green tomatoes, remoulade, and jack cheese — $10.

Mercer’s favorite item is the chicken cordon bleu ($14) and the mac n’ cheese grilled cheese ($8). Dean’s favorite is “The Local Burger.”

Local artists will also benefit from hanging pieces on the restaurant’s expansive walls.

“I want them to get exposure for their hard work and sell pieces,” Mercer said. “It’s a privilege to have their art here.”

Mercer and Dean took over the restaurant space in August and renovated it. The patio is currently bring remodeled and it’s expected to be finished soon. The Local additionally hosts an atrium, which Mercer hopes to turn into a private room for bachelorette, company or VIP parties.

For more information, find The Local on Facebook.

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