Gerald Lambert and Gerald West, veterans of the pub business in New York, have opened Hibernia, a new Irish restaurant and pub at 9700 N. Rodney Parham. Justin Williams, a Texarkana native, is executive chef. His culinary degree is from Cordon Bleu. In addition to his restaurant gigs in Memphis and Miami, Williams served as the executive chef for the 2008 presidential debate in Nashville.
The menu, which you can view on Eat Arkansas, includes Irish standards like cottage pie, bangers and mash, fish and chips, colcannon and Irish breakfast as well as things like po' boys, burgers and steaks.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until close Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until close on Saturday and 10 a.m. until close on Sunday. The phone number is 246-4340 and the website is hiberniairishtavern.com.
Brandon's, Arkansas's first craft distillery, is celebrating its first batch of vodka and gin with a tasting at the Arkansas Arts Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. The spirits will make the short trip from Brandon's headquarters, Rock Town Distillery, at 1216 E. 6th St. in Little Rock, to the Arts Center. The vodka and gin should start hitting liquor stores throughout Central Arkansas this week.