Growing Two Bucks Concept Gallops into Lakewood

Since launching in Avon back in 2010, Two Bucks has been steadily expanding its range throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond. The homegrown concept has locations in Avon, Eastlake, Middleburg Heights, Parma, North Olmsted and Columbus. Next up for the group is Lakewood, which is on schedule to open by St. Patrick’s Day in the former Roxu Fusion spot (15607 Madison Ave.), which closed this past fall after three years.

“Lakewood has always been a hot interest for us,” says founding partner Cory Rowland. “And up there on Madison you’ve got great neighbors like Barrio, Buckeye Beer Engine and Mars Bar down the street.”

As the name suggests, Two Bucks is like the two-dollar store of taverns. When it first launched, every item on the restaurant’s menu was priced to move at $2. While that’s no longer the case, there are still many bargains to be had, including a roster of two-dollar drinks and eats.

“We try to bridge the gap between the mom-and-pop corner bar and a corporate restaurant,” Rowland notes. “We try to keep our prices as low as possible while still being a scratch kitchen.”

The motto here is “happy hour all day every day,” with shots of Jameson and Tito’s, plus numerous domestic beers all fetching just two dollars. Bar snacks like sliders, fried pickles, pork rinds and hand-cut french fries also cost just $2 each. Priced between $6 and $8, appetizers like fried shrooms, loaded fries, pretzels with beer cheese and cauliflower wings also go easy on the wallet. The rest of the American-style menu is flushed out with salads and wraps, grilled burgers and sandwiches, flatbreads and a selection of eight different mac and cheese dishes starring everything from pulled pork to lobster.

The roomy double storefront already is in good condition, but the company will add cosmetic touches to make the space fit with the Two Bucks brand. The kitchen needs to be upgraded and a new draft system will offer between 10 and 16 pours.

Barring any unforeseen obstacles, Two Bucks Lakewood should be open by mid March.
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Douglas Trattner

For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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