First and foremost, our family loves the town of Lewisburg; it’s shops, people and rich history. Our family has been visiting Lewisburg since 2003 when we purchased Westwinds, a horse farm in western Virginia near Lake Moomaw. While we’ve enjoyed the several restaurants in town, we also felt the locals as well as tourists would welcome and support more restaurant options, and so far we’ve been right! Our family's first restaurant, Stella’s, has been a hit since we opened in January, 2011. Stella’s, named and inspired after our mom Alice Stella Hirt who passed away in 1985, is warm, welcoming and elegant, just like our mom was. Stella’s has many feminine touches which were influenced by our mom and put into place by Tammy.
Our newest restaurant, The Livery Tavern, on the other hand is a very masculine interpretation of a mid-1800’s tavern, with an open beamed ceiling and a generous use of natural materials and earth tones both inside and out. The Livery has a full bar, privacy booth seating, outdoor patio seating and an extensive wine and port list. Our menu is a reflection of this same interpretation, with dishes including grilled venison, quail, lamb and local beef cuts like 2 inch bone-in rib eyes. The Livery is also fashioned with a unique military motif to honor our father Major General John B. Hirt USMC, who passed away in 2012. You’ll find these military influences in our logo and other decorative treatments inside the restaurant.
The name ‘Livery Tavern’ came about while doing research on the use of the original structure located where the tavern is now. Based on historical records, we know the building was constructed in the early 1800’s, perhaps even the late 1700’s. A number of the older local Lewisburg residents recalled the building used as a livery stable, a place where you could bring your horse for feed and watering, if you were an out-of-towner. During demolition of the old structure we discovered horse shoes, bridles and other tack related items.
Both Stella's and The Livery Tavern are committed to a true Farm To Table approach to food preparation. Stella’s has its own herb and vegetable garden on the property, and nearly all of the proteins for both restaurants come from local growers and farmers. We even source some produce from Westwinds Ranch.
John and Dawn Hirt, Owners