When it was founded in 1934, The Prescott was a corner store at Preston Beech Street that sold store-prepared sausages and meats and had only six tables for customers who could get three 12-ounce glasses of beer for a quarter.
Antonio Disipio named it The Prescott Hotel because at the time it was the last building on the road out to the village of Prescott near the St. Lawrence River.
The city and The Prescott have literally grown up together. In recognition of that Mayor Larry O’Brien will proclaim Friday as The Prescott Hotel Day in Ottawa.
To mark The Prescott’s 75th year in operation, Tony Disipio (Antonio’s grandson) wanted to do something special “I thought to myself, is there a meaningful way that we can pay back to the community by giving back to those that gave to us for all those years?” said Disipio.
So rather than spending money to give away some beer and pizza, Disipio announced yesterday that one dollar from every pizza and meatball sandwich sold in the restaurant will go to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s 20–20 Campaign to help fund the expansion of the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre.
Disipio said he chose to support the cancer centre because he’s had some very close friends and relatives who have died from cancer or are battling it now.