Fans of Iowa City restaurants Shorts and Stella may find something to like at a new eatery on the town's southwest side.
Hudson's Southside Tap opened Oct. 26 at 482 Highway 1 West.
Owners Kevin Perez, Dan Ouverson and Ryan O'Leary have a wealth of collective experience in the Iowa City restaurant scene. Perez and Ouverson are also co-owners of Stella and Shorts, In addition, Perez is a co-owner of Ride and Ouverson is co-owner of the Mill.
Hudson's menu features burgers similar to those at Shorts, though with different names, said manager Cameron Wheatley. All of Hudson's burgers are named after Iowa City streets.
Along with burgers and sandwiches, the menu features hot dogs, appetizers, salads and decidedly adult macaroni and cheese, which comes with toppings like arugula, tomato and pork belly or shiitake and portobello mushrooms and spinach. The hot dogs and burgers are also loaded. The "Downward Dog," for example, features sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese, while the Hudson burger comes with jalapeno cream cheese, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo.
The menu's focus is on made-from-scratch and local food, Wheatley said.
"I will put our Rueben up with anyone's in town," he said. "We cook the brisket here - it's a five day process."
Meat is sourced from Bud's Customs Meats in Riverside, and baked goods come from Fancy Bread of Des Moines.
"I hate using the word gourmet, but we like to think of it as upscale bar food," Wheatley said. "We feel it's more of a restaurant than a bar."
However, he's quick to point out the eatery boasts 40 beers on tap, 35 whiskey and bourbon selections and 25 kinds of scotch.
"We do fancy ourselves a whiskey bar," he added.
The restaurant can seat 80 people, with plans for more seating on an outdoor patio in the spring.
Hawkeye Weld and Repair of Iowa City did steelwork for the bar, metal light fixtures and custom taps, giving the space an industrial feel. The exposed metal is offset by wood paneled walls, with TVs to make the space a sports bar. The only other decorations are large, black and white photos of construction workers on skyscrapers.
The owners hope to fill what they see as a gap in similar business in that part of town, Wheatley said.
"They (the owners) felt a lack of presence on the southwest side of Iowa City," he said. "We do think of ourselves as a neighborhood bar and restaurant."
Where: 482 Highway 1 W, Iowa City
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Details: (319) 499-1058; Facebook.com/hudsonsic