Lavergne’s Tavern to open spring 2016

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This spring, Berwyn native Jerry Hernandez, and his brother, Jorge, will be opening Lavergne’s Tavern at the old Garv’s Inn location at 6546 Windsor Ave. The brothers have been in the restaurant business for 15 years, previously owning Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton and Ellyn’s Tap in Glen Ellyn. Lavergne’s expected opening is mid-April for dinner and lunch services, with hopes to open an outdoor beer garden in the summer.

Twenty local and craft beers will be on tap at Lavergne’s, with six to eight carefully selected wines and a curated and fresh ingredient rooted cocktail list available, as well.

“We’re beer guys,” Hernandez told the Park Leaves.

With their kitchen led by Executive Chef Mark Downing, the tavern’s menu is “accessible but elevated”.  Items are priced from $6-$9 for shareable appetizers to entrees at around $14-$16. Eclectic menu items include an Italian Beef Egg Roll, Cajun Scallops, and beef short rib Pot Roast.  

It was a normal trip to breakfast with his mom last September when Hernandez came home with a plan to open another restaurant.  Aware of Garv’s Inn, a staple in Berwyn since the 1960s, and its recent closing, Jerry called the building owner and started converting the Inn into his own tavern.

Hernandez told the Oak Park Leaves that “the number one goal is for Berwyn residents to feel like Lavergne’s is their hometown spot.” According to the Leaves, the name of the tavern sheds light on the days when Berwyn was split between three townships that included Lavergne.

The tavern’s interior was designed completed by Chicago’s award-winning architecture firm Bauer Latoza Studio, so Berwyn residents can expect the Lavergne’s to have an old tavern charm accompanied by its chef-driven menu and a well-rounded beer list.

Tin ceilings, restored hardwood floors, and a bar re-purposed from black walnut wood from the past Garv’s Inn completes the interior look. High-top bar seating and lower tables make the tavern atmosphere appealing for families, groups, or late nights out.

As Hernandez told the Oak Park Leaves, Lavergne’s means more than opening another restaurant.  “It is a homecoming, a return to Berwyn, to people they grew up with and love. Jorge sums it up: ‘We just want to be a place the neighborhood can be proud of.’”

For more information on Lavergne’s Tavern, drink and food menus, or how to get connected via social media, visit their website here.

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