The Village Tavern has become the latest business on Ridgefield’s Main Street to shut down.
Opened in January 2017, The Village Tavern promoted itself as a “casual spot serving comfort food, homemade pastas, interesting wines and fun cocktails.” The business was co-owned by Bruno DiFabio and Germano Minin, who first met when DiFabio was a judge on an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” that included Minin as a contestant. In October, DiFabio, who maintained ownership interests in a number of pizzerias in Fairfield and Westchester counties, pleaded guilty to tax evasion totaling more than $816,000.
With its closing, The Village Tavern adds to a growing number of street-level vacancies on Ridgefield’s Main Street. Since December, the street has seen the shuttering of the eateries Johnny Gelato and Cheers Ridgefield and the Purple Frog gift shop; the William Raveis real estate brokerage office at 410 Main St. closed in December and merged with neighboring offices including those based in Danbury, Wilton and Trumbull.