The Boom Family Story: how it all started. Part 1


The Boom Family Story: how it all started

Tony Cappellano is the head and heart of the Boom Breakfast family. He opened the first Boom location in 2003 at College Street in Toronto. Over the years he would grow the brand to three more locations at St. Clair, Eglinton, and Vaughan. This is how the boom family story started.

Tony was involved in every aspect of the business from clearing tables to welcoming guests and running the kitchen. Many staff who went on to open their own restaurants credit Tony with their exceptional experience. Aside from his big heart Tony was famous for “the greatest cappuccino” you ever had. But there’s more to the story…

College street Boom Breakfast
Boom breakfast original menu

Tony started Sweet Dreams Café (original menu above) in Toronto on College Street, a successful Italian deli & dessert eatery. From 1992 – 1995, Tony worked with Movenpick Ltd. and from 1995 – 1998 he managed the Mars uptown restaurant where he met his sweetheart and life partner, Mafalda ‘Muffy’ Santos. From 1998 – 2001, Tony was the General Manager of the West Bay Polo Club and Hook’s Restaurant  in the Grand Cayman Islands (serving an impressive 250+ people every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner). 

Boom Breakfast on College st.

Boom Breakfast & Co. 808 College Street (Closed in 2020.)

From 2001 – 2008, Tony and Muffy were the owners and operators of Churrasco Villa, a Portugese churrasqueira restaurant located at Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton, Toronto. In 2003, Tony opened up the first Boom Breakfast & Co. located at 808 College Street.

The concept and design was inspired by old diners turned modern. With help from Mackay Wong, Tony realized his vision. A second location at 1036 St.Clair Avenue West in 2006 with his sister Mirella at 174 Eglinton Ave. West opened, owned and operated by his sisters, Mirella and Rose. Next came the Vaughan location at 145 Hawkview Blvd 2012. 

The diners have low tables and chairs and that classic old Toronto feel. Tony’s goal was to  cross-train all employees and everyone to work towards a common goal; create the best hospitality experience for his guests. 

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