Hudson’s (482 Highway 1, Iowa City), a new southside tap house opened in October by co-owners Ryan O’Leary, Kevin Perez, Lisa Perez and Dan Ouverson, features gourmet bar food, just like their sister restaurants, Stella, Short’s and Ride.
Shift crews and laborers will appreciate the theme of the restaurant, which incorporates several steel and construction-themed elements. Several large black and white photographs depict steelworkers atop high-rise buildings. Custom steel work by Hawkeye Welding, meanwhile, includes grid-patterned lighting fixtures and cabinetry. The unique structural elements are softened by wooden tabletops and warmly lit wood walls, hand-built by the owners.
Manager Cameron Wheatley said the restaurant serves up gourmet bar food — sourced locally, whenever possible. They’ll be relying on Bud’s Custom Meats, based out of Riverside, Iowa, for their butchery.
Hudson’s also includes vegetarian options like an eggplant sandwich, grilled cheese and different Macaroni and cheese dishes.
The restaurant’s coffee is specially selected and blended by Cafe Del Sol in Coralville, which has created a special Hudson’s Hornet roast.
Hudson’s has a huge selection of brown liquor including 35 different whiskeys and bourbons, 25 scotches and 40 beers on tap with almost 10 Iowa beers, including the usual assortment of local drink from Kalona, Big Grove and Sutliff Cider.
Wheatley said the pub is still deciding on hours, noting that they plan to stay open until midnight on the weekends.