379 Preston Street
Written by Bytown Museum
Opened in 1934, the Prescott Hotel is one of Ottawa's oldest existing taverns. When the Prescott first opened its doors, there was seating for 25, and three 12-ounce glasses of beer went for a quarter.
Founder Antonio Disipio originally sold his own homemade sausages. He eventually handed the business over to his son Dominic and, according to the Prescott's staff, Dominic has “been there just about every day since.” In the 1980s, the business was passed on to the third generation, Tony Disipio.
The Prescott has evolved since its early days. Women were first allowed to be served in the tavern section in 1976 and in 1978 the establishment stopped renting out rooms.
Today, the Prescott is known for its eclectic mix of clientele and making everyone feel at home.
Did you know that the name came about because the early Prescott Hotel was the last building on the highway to the town of Prescott, 80 kilometres away?