Two Brothers closes in Oak Park

Business was open for 16 months before closing up shop

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

It's been a short run for Two Brothers Social Tap restaurant, which closed its doors for the last time on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Neither Jim nor Jason Ebel – the two brothers and co-owners of the business – could immediately be reached for comment. But a sign was posted on the door of the business, located at 100 S. Marion St., stating that a new state regulation is what caused the restaurant to close.

The tap room opened in May 2017.

The letter states: "Due to recent changes to state regulation of licensing for craft brewers and brew pubs the Two Brothers Social Tap will be closing its doors … We would like to thank all of you that gave us love, support and encouragement in the past 16 months."


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Carolyn Cullen  

Posted: September 24th, 2018 4:36 PM

We would have all preferred if they just said that the 3 location thing was the issue and OP was (presumably) the lowest performing and told their employees sooner.. Finally found that language, Page 34, line 12, in this legislation:

Tom MacMillan  

Posted: September 22nd, 2018 10:33 AM

I really wanted this place to succeed, but now that they are gone, it would be exciting to see something come in here that is NOT a beer and hamburger place. Just in that block, we already have Tied House and Pour Phils meeting that particular need just fine. With the new large apartment buildings in short walking distance from this location, some sort of different food choice should work very well in this space.

Gabriel Crumb  

Posted: September 22nd, 2018 4:25 AM

Simply put, the new regulations arbitrarily restrict Illinois breweries from owning more than three commercial properties. Social Tap was their fourth. It's also fun to note that Two Brothers was the ONLY brewery in the state of Illinois that was effected by this as no other breweries had more than three restaurants in operation when this ridiculous regulation was passed. On a less fun note, the brothers knew the regulation was passed in August and didn't bother informing their employees at the Social Tap until the night before they closed that they wouldn't have jobs in the morning.I was a semi-regular at the Tap and their employees deserved better than that.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: September 21st, 2018 12:15 PM

On a brighter note, I just read a headline on Oak Leaves that Oberweis just signed a five-year lease at their current location...

Mike Hanline  

Posted: September 21st, 2018 12:13 PM

Yeah, this doesn't make much sense at all. Seems Two Brothers is using state regulations as an excuse for pulling up stakes when said regulations actually benefit them...

Kline Maureen  

Posted: September 20th, 2018 6:38 PM

my (admittedly limited) understanding of the change to the law is that it expands the opportunity for retail sales other than in dedicated tap rooms - - Two Brothers has several other restaurant locations, - - so perhaps this one was expendable as they look to expand retail sales in other outlets -

Terri Lackey  

Posted: September 20th, 2018 5:59 PM

Perhaps the reporter could have looked into the state regulation that changed. Instead, a quick story was released with few facts. Readers deserve better.

Andy Fitz from Oak Park  

Posted: September 20th, 2018 5:36 PM

So the state law loosens restrictions for tap rooms. How is this bad for the Two Brothers tap room?

Paul Clark  

Posted: September 20th, 2018 4:59 PM

"Illinois Bar Owners Voice Opposition to Law Allowing Taprooms to Sell Other Companies' Beer and Cider"

Doug Kittredge from Oak Park  

Posted: September 20th, 2018 4:10 PM

I hadn't heard about regulatory changes - what were they. We have enjoyed Two Brothers and sorry to see it go.

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