Dish: Tabby's Irish Pub

Open since: December 2007

Location: The pub is housed in Tannery Row in historic downtown Buford.

Hours: Tabby's Irish Pub is open from 6 p.m. to midnight Monday, 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday and 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.

Owner: Rauna Hart

Atmosphere: Tabby's Irish Pub is named for owner Rauna Hart's 14-year-old daughter, and family ties run deep at the pub, permeating everything from the menu to the decor. Of Irish descent, Hart uses recipes handed down from her great-grandmother, who was raised in Ireland, and has decorated the pub with knickknacks from her grandmother's house, including a rooster statue that "people keep offering me money for."

Located at the Tannery Row building in historic downtown Buford, Tabby's features a spacious bar area, an elongated dining area and a large room in the back for private parties. Hart, who lives in Lilburn, said she originally looked for space in a strip mall with plans to design the inside to her liking.

But that changed when she saw an ad for the space at Tannery Row. After scouting the location, she changed her plans. She liked the brick work on the outside of the building and said the inside space matched the configuration she imagined. "I was struck by the beauty of the building," she said.

Tannery Row is a unique setting for an Irish pub, but once inside there is no doubt as to the kind of establishment you've chosen. Tabby's has a distinctive pub feel, from the Irish flag hanging from the rafters to neon beer signs for Guinness and Harp to the bird cages and figurines that Hart said came from her grandmother. Adding to the Irish vibe, the pub often features live bands, including traditional Irish music on many weekends.

Menu: Hart oversees the kitchen and occasionally does some of the cooking. The menu includes traditional Irish food from family recipes. Most everything is made from scratch, she said.

Hart said bangers and mash - two sausages served with caramelized onions and cracked mustard cream sauce over homemade mashed potatoes - is one of Tabby's most popular dishes, and fish and chips are also a top seller.

The pub also features Shepherd's pie, a hearty meal of seasoned ground beef covered by layers of carrots, onions and cider-braised cabbage topped with mashed potatoes. Tabby's also serves low country grits topped with pan sauteed shrimp covered with Chardonnay cream sauce and cheddar cheese in addition to assorted burgers and sandwiches.

The appetizer list includes mini boxty cakes - seasoned potato cakes served with cranapple sauce - and reuben rolls - corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese in a battered shell served with a side of Russian dipping sauce.

The pub also offers Black and Tan onion rings - onion rings whose batter is dipped in Guinness and Bass beer.

As befitting of an Irish pub, Guinness and Smithwick's, which bills itself as Ireland's oldest ale, are on tap.

Things you might not know: Hart is a 1992 graduate of North Gwinnett High School. She planned on medical school for a career before she "took a detour."

The Celtic folk rock band Emerald Rose will play Tabby's on Aug. 23. The band, which headlined at the Oscars cast party for each of "The Lord of the Rings" movies, plays everything from traditional Irish jigs to original folk rock and pop songs. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

A coupon is available on the pub's Web site, which also includes a calendar of musical acts that will be playing at Tabby's.