BUFFALO, NY- Developer Rocco Termini is opening his newest downtown project this weekend, a restaurant called Tappo.
The 4,400 square foot Italian themed restaurant is located in the old Horton Coffee Company building on Ellicott Street.
Tappo is co-owned by well-known chef Mike Andrzejewski, who also owns and operates Sea Bar, Cantina Loco, and Mike A's at the Lafayette.
Andrzejewski says he wants Tappo to be a fun and affordable place for people to dine at.
Tappo also features a wine wall where customers can pick out their own bottle of wine to have with their meal, as well as the only roof top dining patio downtown.
"It's not like any other dining space in Buffalo, so we're really looking forward to serving our guests up there," Andrzejewski said.
Termini is best known for taking old, abandoned buildings and turning them into prime real estate. He has transformed many downtown Buffalo buildings into residences and now looks to continue to build restaurants and retail space to revamp the area.
"We've created 400 housing units downtown, and one of the things that comes after housing is restaurants. So we're sort of priming the pump here with restaurants and we're planning to open up a series of other restaurants to help build the neighborhoods," Termini said.
The word Tappo means cork in Italian, and the restaurant has a bar and table tops made out of hand placed wine corks.
The new summer hot spot is holding private parties all week and officially opens to the public this weekend.