New restaurant offers Joplin Irish meat, potato cuisine

Darby the leprechan stands watch outside of Darby´s Irish Restaurant and Pub.

Darby the leprechan stands watch outside of Darby´s Irish Restaurant and Pub.

Customers don’t need the luck of the Irish to find a good meal.

Darby’s Irish Pub is serving everything from traditional Irish meals like bangers and mash, Irish stew and shepherd’s pie to prime rib and pork tenderloin.

“There’s a little something for everybody,” said owner Larry Williams.

Darby’s has daily lunch and dinner specials and a happy hour from 4-7 p.m. when they feature drinks specials and half price appetizers.

It also gives a 10 percent discount on food to Missouri Southern students who present their student ID.

Williams says that his pub is laid back.

“It’s a neighborhood place,” he said.

“We’re not trying to rush everyone and turn tables like those places on Range Line. We just want to let people come in and relax.”

“You’re not walking away from here hungry,” Williams said. “Now of days when people go out to eat, you walk away and you’re not full half the time, and that’s not going to happen here.”

Darby’s opened in the first week of May and had a few problems with its first kitchen manager, but has since found a new man for the job.

Dan Brown, current kitchen manager, said the first cook wanted to prepare food like they showed him in chef school and the customers at Darby’s didn’t know what to think of his methods.

But Brown and Williams have worked on the recipes and changed the menu to satisfy the customers’ taste.

“It’s all about the customers,” Williams said.

However, Williams didn’t change everything on the menu. The traditional entrees still have their old-world flavor.

Williams said he has customers that come in and say, “This is the way it’s actually made in Ireland and Scotland.”

“And this is coming from actual Irish, Scottish and English people,” Williams said.

“There’s even a guy who comes into Joplin once a month on business from California and he eats here almost every time he’s in town.”

Williams is giving away two free prime rib dinners to the person who finds Darby’s pot of gold.

Darby is the three-dimensional relief leprechaun who will be hanging on the wall of the pub starting Sunday.

Then, in the next few weeks, Darby and his gold will come up missing and Williams will be giving hints on his whereabouts in the Joplin Globe and on local radio shows.

Williams said anyone can come in and see Darby at the pub on 214 E 4th street, previously the location of Fusion.