Rocco Termini’s transformation of the Horton Coffee Co. building at 338 Ellicott Street is coming into view. The 4,800 sq.ft., one-story building will house Tappo, an Italian restaurant run by chef Mike Andrzejewski. Tappo, Italian for cork, will be a “value-centric” restaurant serving fine Italian food and wine. Customers will be able to browse the wine rack and select their own bottle.
The interior will be a modern blend of traditional materials including brick, steel, and wood. A rooftop patio is to be added later. When built, it will offer something the city doesn’t have much of: a large rooftop dining space.
Glass roll-up doors now line the front façade promising to add life to a now sleepy section of Ellicott Street. Buffalo Plastering and Architectural Casting reproduced two front façade columns to complete and anchor the elevation. BMS Design Studio is the project designer. BMS teamed with L2K Design Inc. on the interior.
Tappo is at the center of a burgeoning cluster of residential projects that includes Ellicott Lofts, Ellicott Commons, Holling Place, Buehl Block, Oak School Lofts, The Apartments at the Lafayette, and others both existing and planned.
The restaurant is scheduled to open at the end of April.
Rendering courtesy of BMS Design