Bartender Abby Jewett shakes up one of
her signature shots, the Abby Especial,
made with raspberry, Crown Royal and sugar-free
By Amber Williams
My granny was a hip lady. She taught us grandkids
how to smoke, drink and swear, and she made
few apologies for her slurred verbal abuse after
she’d put back enough Busch Lights. May she
rest in peace.
Sitting at the U-shaped bar at Kathy’s Irish
Pub (formerly Kathy’s on Hickman) reminds me
of the old days when I’d belly up to the card
table at my Grandma’s house with my cousins
drinking beer and telling jokes. Like Granny’s
house, the bar is small, clean and smells like
grilled meat. It has a handsome 8-point buck
overlooking the room from above the doorway,
which leads to a small, hidden smoke patio and
the ladies’ room (not one in the same).
It’s comfortable and affordable, with the power
to transform even a passerby into its newest
“Abby got me drunk,” I joked to Dave Clark,
who was manning the grill out in the parking
lot on Wednesday’s steak night ($8 for an 8-ounce
sirloin, a baked potato and Texas toast).
“Yeah, she does that,” he said of Abby Jewett,
who along with tending also entertains the bar
with her cute sense of humor and easy-going
Here’s a tip: Pretend you’ve never heard of
a drink she’s making for a guest, and there’s
a good chance she’ll insist you try it. Before
I knew it, I had an icy Moscow Mule, a shot
of Abby Especial (one of her signatures) and
a bottle of Bud Light that was starting to get
warm from my distractions all lined up on the
bar in front of me along with a medium-rare
sirloin fresh off the grill.
It’s a neighborhood bar for sure — not just
because it’s surrounded by houses, but also
because it feels like you’re hanging out at
a friend’s place rather than a bar.
“We like little neighborhood pubs, and this
is a great neighborhood to be in,” said owner
Jerrad Atkin who, along with Kevin Wahlert and
Mike Nesbit Jr., recently bought the old staple
from long-time owner Kathy Grey.
The guys bought the place after Atkin wandered
in a few times off the street. He said they
respected the fact that it’s been a “neighborhood
staple” for the past 21 years. “That’s quite
an accomplishment. I’d like to see it go another
21 years,” said Atkin, who’s gained a name in
the bar business since buying The Underground
a few years ago.
Although much has remained true to the original
Kathy’s, especially its loyal patrons and staff
(including Kathy herself), the new owners have
brought new faces with them from sister pubs
The Fremont and The Underground, about 30 additional
beers and $5 drink specials including the Black
and Blue (shot of Jack and a PBR) and the PB&J
(shot of Jameson and a PBR), which are offered
all day every day.
“There’s nowhere else where you can get a beer,
a shot and a steak dinner for $13,” Atkin said.
“It’s like a Vegas deal.” CV
Kathy’s Irish Pub
6705 Hickman Road
Hours: 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri.; 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 2-7 p.m., 50 cents off
everything; Sun., 10 p.m.-2 a.m., $1 off everything.