Jason Ebel, half of the Two Brothers duo that has recently brought Two Brothers Social Tap to 100 S. Marion Street in Oak Park, says that, at Two Brothers, they like to say they have 450 family members in their company—everyone who is employed across their five locations. Ebel says, “When you treat your employees with respect, you also treat your customers with respect.”
Indeed, Oak Park customers are drawn to this family enterprise. They probably also love the convenient location, delicious beer, sustainably sourced food, friendly atmosphere, and heated patio. The menu changes seasonally and, while some favorites are always available, other items are inspired by foods as they become plentiful locally.
Ebel says that one reason they selected Oak Park for their newest location is that they wanted to get closer to the city. Oak Park—with the CTA green line steps from the front door of Two Brothers Social Tap—fit that bill nicely.
Ebel, who was trained as an architect, especially appreciates the history in Oak Park. He says, “It’s very humbling, because we don’t pretend anywhere near the stature [of some Oak Park greats] but we sure like being a part of all the things that go on in Oak Park and the community that embraces it.”
“The sense of community is great in Oak Park,” Ebel says, noting that officials at the Village were welcoming and helpful, genuinely interested in the Two Brothers story. Ebel notes that the Village granted them a license to sell their new line of distilled spirits, made in Aurora, IL—a feature unique to the Oak Park Two Brothers location.
Looking for a place to relax in the morning or earlier afternoon? Two Brothers Social Tap is also a coffee shop as well as a restaurant and a place to buy craft beers and special spirits—to stay or to go. When I ask Ebel how they drive foot traffic, Ebel says, “Overall, we feel that, if we can get them in and show them a good time, they will come back.”