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Ziggy's comes to Hudson; occupies old Pudge's building

Manager Kevin Proschwitz and owner Paul Barber in one of the many different spaces at Ziggy’s Restaurant at 302 Second St. in Hudson. The restaurant features a sports bar, restaurant area, stage for live music, party room and outdoor spaces. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Ziggy’s Restaurant opened in Hudson in December. The restaurant moved into the building off Second Street that was remodeled last year. Submitted photo2 / 2

A new name has taken over the familiar 302 and 304 Second St. building, which has been the home of pubs in Hudson since it was first built in 1866.

Formerly Pudge's Saloon and Eatery and Club 304, the recently remodeled building is now Ziggy's Restaurant.

Owners Paul Barber and Kevin Jones have operated Ziggy's in Stillwater for three years, and Barber said he was excited to expand into Hudson.

"We love the community, we love the town," Barber said. "We just felt there was a real need for what we do here."

The restaurant brings live music and authentic street food, fast and at a reasonable price, Barber said.

Street food offerings range from Italian to Mexican to Chicago-style. Menu items include street tacos, wings, hot dogs, pizza and more.

"People come for the music and once they come here they come for the food and they stay for the music," Barber said.

Ziggy's is taking full advantage of the large, varied space of the building.

"We settled on this spot," Barber said. "We like the building, it's beautiful."

The main level features a restaurant, a sports bar and game room, while upstairs is a stage and bar for live music, as well as the party room. Patio and deck space is abundant as well, and Barber said they will take full use of it in the warmer months.

"We'll be doing a lot of cool stuff with these all summer long," Barber said, including of course, live music.

"Hudson is now getting wealthy with patios but nobody really does anything with them, so we want to have some fun," manager Kevin Proschwitz said.

The downstairs restaurant will focus on Italian food, with a make your own pasta option from noodle to sauce to protein cooked and on the table in 10 minutes.

A piano bar will also be added to the restaurant to continue the focus on live music, with acoustic performances on Wednesdays.

The other part of the downstairs is a peanut sports bar, Barber said, featuring plenty of TVs and happy hour drinks and jumbo shrimp.

Upstairs features another bar and street food, with seating to enjoy the stage. Live music will be every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, with karaoke on Tuesdays.

"Every type of music from country to rhythm and blues," Barber said.

A party room with music-themed pinballs is available for rent on the second floor as well.

"It's like Disneyland for adults because it's got everything," Barber said. "It's a lot of fun."

Barber said he enjoys the variety of the establishment.

"There's something for everyone," he said.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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