What’s cooking? Strategies for excellence from a restaurateur extraordinaire

Ryan Houdek

Ryan Houdek portrait

Ryan Houdek moved to Fort Collins in 1995 to work as a computer engineer for HP. In 2004, he decided to change careers and opened The Melting Pot restaurant in Old Town. Over the next decade he went on to open Rodizio Grill in Fort Collins’ historic train station, as well as Social, with his business partner Ty Fulcher. In 2018, he and Ty opened Union Bar and Soda Fountain, helping bridge Old Town and the River District. 

Meet the Founders

The Meet the Founders lecture series brings corporate executives, business leaders, and innovators to speak at the College of Business, providing the opportunity for students to network and build relationships with successful entrepreneurs. Meet the Founders is supported by the Colorado State University Provost’s Ethics Colloquium.


CSU College of Business, Rockwell Hall West, Bohemian Auditorium