It’s all in the family when it comes to business for the brothers DiFatta – John and Mike.
The two, who were raised in North Riverside and are Riverside-Brookfield High School graduates, have found they work better together than apart and they are back in business at the Grand Tavern located at 3733 Grand Blvd. in Brookfield.
It’s not their first establishment in Brookfield; they were the former owners of Remember When on Brookfield Avenue, currently Traxx Side Pub. Many may remember the Brookfield Avenue establishment as Handsome Hull’s Hideaway owned by Brookfield resident Danny Hull.
With 20 years’ experience, the brothers DiFatta have enjoyed being back in Brookfield and seeing many of their former customers and friends; at times it almost seems to be a reunion of former classmates at RBHS.
John DiFatta said the interesting thing is they are already taking reservations for class reunions for this fall. So if you are planning to attend a 25th or 30th year reunion from RBHS you now know where it will be.
Prior to returning to the Brookfield business area, John was in business in Berwyn, and the brothers were into the home improvement business for a time. However, when the Grand Boulevard location became available, they were lured back with high hopes to have a thriving place where friends could meet and eat.
The RBHS connection doesn’t end at the front of the Grand Tavern, because the kitchen boasts two more RB grads, P.J. Niesluchowski and Robert Lukasik, both experienced cooks who have been with the DiFattas for a number of years. They have worked on presenting a menu that makes eating at the Grand Tavern a worthwhile experience.
According to John DiFatta, the Grand Tavern had been the site of six businesses before they took over and they have spent time refurbishing the image and interior of the tavern to make it inviting.
They pride themselves in being family-friendly and host live music on the weekends if there is no event in Brookfield. They have karaoke for those who like to display their talent, and there are enough TVs so all can see their favorite sports games.
So the boys are back in town, the DiFatta boys that is, and Brookfield has them. Stop in and say hello; either John or Mike is always there.