Community Tavern, nestled in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago, is a modern American restaurant owned and operated by husband and wife team, Joey & Brenna Beato. Our dream has always been to run our very own elevated 'mom & pop' restaurant in the neighborhood we call home. Chef Joey combines French & Italian technique with inspirations from Japanese & Korean cuisine. His food is a reflection of his upbringing, professional experiences and desire to take care of people with his cooking. Community's extensive beverage program complements Joey's dishes with a diverse wine selection, creative cocktails and craft beer. Our team is small and tight-knit, feeling more like family than colleagues. This fosters an environment of sincere, warm hospitality that radiates throughout our walls. Community is truly a labor of love in more ways than one.
We hope you feel the love too!
a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
JOEY & BRENNA
CHEF / OWNERS
Community Tavern opened February 2015 as the brain child of experienced restauranteur Quay Tao and Chef Joey Beato who began their partnership at The Portage, located a hop, skip and a jump away at 3938 N. Central Avenue. Originally opened by Tao in 2010, The Portage was re-concepted in 2016 (still by Tao) as Cochinita Taco Co.
In the first three years, Community Tavern's concept was billed a French-influenced boutique steakhouse and became part of the independent steakhouse trend that spread throughout Chicago. In 2015, Community made Chicago magazine's coveted Best New Restaurants list, and Chef Joey Beato was highlighted a 'Chef You Should Know' and also named a Zagat 30 Under 30 Honoree later that year. Community continued to receive great press and reviews.
Quay and Joey's partnership grew into a friendship, and Brenna Beato joined the two in April 2015 to oversee general operations for both restaurants. Near the end of 2017, Quay chose to focus on business development with two additional projects in the works. He passed the restauranteur torch off to Joey and Brenna Beato who purchased his majority shares in the restaurant and allowed them to realize their dream of owning their own 'mom & pop' establishment.
The Beatos have always loved Community, and Chef Joey Beato also missed The Portage and the menu he had honed there. Together, they chose to take Community Tavern away from the boutique steakhouse label, and give Joey the chance to create 'his' menu, which, in the simplest of terms, is practically a combination of The Portage and Community Tavern.