Lavergne’s Tavern opened in June, 2016 at the corner of Windsor and East Avenues in the old Garv’s Inn location, a staple in Berwyn since the ’60s.
The tin ceiling and hardwood floors are restored, and the storied Garv’s Inn bar is rebuilt from scratch using reclaimed black walnut. A combination of high-top bar seating and lower tables help keep the atmosphere friendly to both families and those looking to join a date or friends for a night out.
Led by Executive Chef, Mark Downing, the menu is accessible but elevated. Items are priced from $6-$9 for shareable appetizers to entrées at around $14-$16. The Italian Beef Egg Roll, filled with Italian beef, giardiniera, spicy queso, Monterey jack cheese, and au jus dipping sauce is, in one customer’s words, “life changing.”
Lavergne’s is owned & operated by brothers Jerry and Jorge Hernandez. “We’re beer guys,” says Jerry, who grew up in Berwyn. Twenty taps feature mostly local, craft beers. Six to eight carefully selected wines and a curated cocktail list using only fresh squeezed juices round out the drink list. Jerry & Jorge also own & operate Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton and Ellyn’s Tap in Glen Ellyn, and both focus on a strong craft beer selection.
For Jerry, Lavergne’s means more than opening another restaurant. This is a homecoming, a return to Berwyn to people he grew up with and love. “We just want to be a place the neighborhood can be proud of.”