Two Bucks


If your wallet is feeling light, Two Bucks in Avon is a heavy hitter

January 15, 2013


By Cathy Phillips, Sun News 

If the holidays have left your wallet a little on the light side, you might be interested in checking out one of the Cleveland area’s fastest-growing businesses, where a five-spot can buy you something to eat, something to wet your whistle with, and still leave you with enough left over for a generous tip.

That’s because at Two Bucks Food and Spirit in Avon, a good portion of the menu will set you back a mere — you guessed it — two bucks. That includes finger-licking noshes like the hand-cut house fries with sage and garlic, a cup of scratch-made soup, and nearly a dozen iterations of their famous sliders (voted Avon’s best burger last year), including cheese steak with peppercorn aioli; grilled cheese with bacon, tomato, and cheddar and pepper jack cheeses; and fried fish with house slaw.

It gets better. All of the food is made fresh daily, in-house, from an appealing menu designed by Executive Chef Brian McNeff.

“We supply gourmet food at bargain prices,” said Cory Rowland, who owns Two Bucks with his cousins, Eric and Sean Nugent.

The atmosphere is simple, but clean and modern. The service is friendly and attentive.

And customers won’t get soaked on drink prices, either. Major domestic and imported beers, and most liquor shots, run only $2, as well. And that’s not just during a set “happy hour” — that’s all day, every day. Even Guinness drafts are only $2. Craft beers run a bit more. Five dollars will buy you a martini or specialty cocktail, considerably less than you’ll pay at many watering holes.

The three partners developed their winning concept while Rowland was in college pursuing a business minor. They hit the ground running after finding an ideal spot in Avon, and launched Two Bucks in the spring of 2010. Less than two years later, they’ve already opened two more locations, in Middleburg Heights and North Olmsted. They’ve also sold their first franchise, now up and running in Milwaukee. That vigorous growth is all the more remarkable considering that the owners have relied largely on word-of-mouth advertising from their loyal and enthusiastic customers (“Buckers”).

“We’re gonna continue to grow in the Cleveland area and beyond,” said Rowland.

All other menu staples are a mere $5, including fresh salads, flatbreads and wraps. A special seasonal menu, which changes every three months, features higher-priced entr es and specials, like the three-onion soup gratin ($3); house-made potato chips draped with shaved ribeye steak and melted blue cheese ($8); and the warm mushroom salad with smoked gouda and bacon vinaigrette ($6), currently featured.

We loved the unique, vertically-stacked ziti mac and cheese with smoked Gouda and frilled scallions ($2), as well as the spicy, tender pulled pork salad with corn salsa and thick, creamy cilantro ranch dressing ($5).

So the next time you think you only have enough dinero for the drive-through, think again.

Two Bucks Food and Spirit is at 36931 Detroit Road in Avon. Additional locations are found in North Olmsted, Middleburg Heights and Milwaukee. All Ohio locations are open from 11 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. seven days a week. Call the Avon Two Bucks at 440-937-8647. Visit online at, where you can find menus, download an employment application, and find franchise information. Follow Two Bucks on Facebook and Twitter.