The vision for Tappo was a collaboration of two old friends (Armando Russo and NHL’er Shayne Corson) who have shared a friendship lasting over 25 years.
The dream of opening a restaurant was always a hot topic over their years, and has now come to fruition. Well established and thriving, Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant is a fixture in the historic Distillery District.
Armando grew up in old Montreal; his family migrated from Southern Italy just before he was born. He gravitated towards the restaurant industry after upscale Davinci’s opened and quickly became one of the hottest restaurants in Montreal. Davinci’s was home away from home to all of the stars from Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, John Travolta, and Rene Russo, to Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, and more.
Shayne was drafted in 1984, where he celebrated the evening with his family at Davinci’s. Armando remembers Shayne’s entire family being extremely nice to him and all the employees that evening. Shayne would then continue to visit the restaurant frequently and through the years they developed a friendship as strong as a brotherhood.
Armando always had dreams of opening his own restaurant that would not only carry on family traditions, but also the comfort and feeling of home. Shayne, having worked a little in the family restaurant in Barrie which his mother ran, also had similar aspirations.
After Shayne’s playing career, the vision that they both dreamed of would come to fruition. Opening up a small but vibrant restaurant in a fairly unknown area in Toronto called the Historic Distillery District, once owned by Gooderham and Warts, Tappo would be the name they settled. It means ‘corked’ in Italian. They would focus on bringing in some of the finest consignment wines, making their guests feel at home when they walked in and wowed them with traditional Italian fare. Since the doors opened, Tappo has become not only the place to be in the Distillery, but a place to be seen.
Tappo Wine Bar is located at 2 Trinity Street. Visitfor more information.