Our History


Our History

Debbie and Wayne Anderson

Debbie and
Wayne Anderson


Welcome to Lyons Fork, we are glad you’re here.

In April of 2010, Debbie and Wayne Anderson opened Lyons Fork.  The concept was simple, to make the food and everything served here to be as full of great character and quality as the building itself.  The charming, rustic, historic nature of the building spawned  a vision of fresh, made-from-scratch fare paired with the finest hand-crafted beer, spirits and wines. 

We go to great lengths to source much of our menu from great local suppliers of meats, cheeses, produce, beer and spirits.   We incorporated our small Lyons farm and during the growing season take special joy in bringing into our kitchen great produce from about half a mile away. 

We are a small operation and all of our employees care deeply about this place and about your experience here.  We take great pride in the quality of everything we put onto your table. 

Our food-blessed home here in Lyons has a rich and colorful history dating back to the earliest days of Lyons itself.

The Town of Lyons was founded in 1880 by Edward Lyons.  Mr. Lyons was intent on quarrying the unusually hard sandstone that is prevalent in the area.  In 1881 our building was erected at the west end of Main St. near the confluence of the North and South forks of the St. Vrain River and at the fork in the road leading in both directions up into the Rocky Mountains and Estes Park. Obviously the early settlers in Lyons had their priorities in order.

450 Main Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as The McAllister Saloon.  

Over its long and storied history, this building has been a vital component of local enterprise and social activity. At one time over the years this building housed Young’s Brewery, Frank’s Butcher Shop, Charlie Bradford’s Bar, the local mercantile, a pool hall, and since the 1960’s a restaurant of some variety. 

Part of the local legend contends that you can still see a bullet scar on the west wall mural of two cowboys crossing the river. The story says that two friends were involved in a "shooting debate" over a late night game of poker while another friend slept it off on a near-by pool table.

Lyons Fork has an alias which we are often asked about.  BEER UNION Local 450.  Debbie and Wayne both spent much of their professional careers in the craft beer industry during its glory days in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  The couple met through the craft beer business and embody the BEER UNION moniker.  We’re at 450 Main St. thus 450 is our Local. 

Please soak up the vibe and the character of this special place and we hope you have one of your best dining experiences ever.