At National Bank of Middlebury, we are honored to have the opportunity to support some of Vermont’s most inspiring businesses with commercial banking services. It is especially exciting when we have the chance to celebrate their achievements, and today, we are happy to share the news that two of our business banking clients have recently received recognition from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce!

Vermont Chamber of Commerce Awards – Tourism and Hospitality Awards

Holmes Jacobs – Two Brothers Tavern, Middlebury – Restaurateur of the Year

Two Brothers Tavern, Winner of Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business Award - National Bank of Middlebury


Two Brothers Tavern, which opened in 2002, is a Middlebury landmark. It is a family-run business whose commitment to the community and philanthropic work is extraordinary. Some places claim to have something for everyone but Two Brothers really does. The Tavern is a warm inviting spot; the dining room is a little more upscale but exudes a relaxed atmosphere and the Lounge, a hot spot for music, will soon feature a restaurant. The restaurant has been undergoing a major renovation project to add a much larger kitchen to support the Tavern and Restaurant and to add a second kitchen to offer food in its downstairs Lounge. Their menus also have something for everyone featuring and supporting local farm to table foods and offering everything from mac n cheese (extremely popular) to locally raised beef and lamb. In 2015 Two Brothers was selected as the Addison County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. These awards are easy to understand when you look at the depth of their philanthropy: Face-off Against Breast Cancer, Cocktails Curing Cancer, Adam Myers Memorial Fundraiser, Porter Hospital Beat Back the Blues and far too many more to list. In his usual modest manner Holmes Jacobs pointed to family and staff and a great supportive community for his success. NBM has been with Two Brothers since 2002. We have been happy to support them through a number of expansions including the purchase and renovation of their Lounge and also their current kitchen renovation.



Ian Huizenga – Antitodote and Hired Hand Brewing, Vergennes – Chef of the Year

Antitode and Hired Hand Brewing - National Bank of Middlebury


The Chef of the Year Award presented to Ian Huizenga recognizes an individual with a history of supporting Vermont’s agricultural economy using local foods and products. Ian was cited for his “locally – focused comfort foods” and his blending and pairing of flavors seen in his “crafting of brews from local ingredients….” Huizenga opened Hired Hand in the space above Antidote which is located on Green Street in Vergennes. Although he is only 39 he has 25 years of experience in the restaurant business. NBM began working with Ian back in 2014 and had a deposit relationship with him beginning in 2011. It has been great working with him to help facilitate his restaurant businesses, an industry which is notoriously challenging.

Congratulations Ian! Your hard work has been recognized.

“These awards celebrate our hospitality and tourism industry’s vast contribution to the economy. These are the individuals who exemplify the Vermont Brand, said Ronda Berns, Vice President of Tourism for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.