Born in Windsor, Rino Bortolin began his education at St. Angela Catholic Elementary School. A graduate of Catholic Central High School, he studied philosophy at the University of Windsor. He learned his culinary talent through many restaurants in the Windsor Area. He has been part of the hospitality industry for 22 years. Currently, Rino is the co-owner/operator, with his wife Anastasia Adams, of Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House.
Rino’s Kitchen’s success is built upon Bortolin’s passion for Windsor/Essex and his belief in supporting local businesses. He has owned and managed three Windsor-area restaurants including Vivo! Restaurante and the Black Kettle Bistro and understands what struggles businesses encounter. His business has supported and featured local farmers and producers even authoring a cookbook “Rino’s Kitchen: Cooking Local in Windsor and Essex County” based on all local ingredients. As head of the culinary tourism steering committee for Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island he showcases the area as one the best and brightest of culinary destinations
In his community work, Rino has served as Treasurer of Queen Victoria Public School Parent Council for the last 5 years. He has coached for Windsor Soccer Club and has taken part in both the Downtown Business and the Erie Street Business Improvement Areas.
Rino uses his voice as a panellist and co-host of CJAM FM’s Rose City Politics (99.1) where he has advocated for a Ward 7 by-election and hosted the Ward 7 debate. He has also recently championed the beer boycott where he has pointed out unfair practices of The Beer Store in its dealings with licences such as bar and restaurant owners. He has accused it of overcharging small businesses which received the attention and review of members of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
As a participant and supporter of the Downtown Windsor Farmers’ market, Rino understands the importance of attracting local businesses and tourism to our area. His restaurants have been praised as Best New Restaurant (BizX), Best Wait Staff (Room), and even the Hospitality Hero Award.
Rino feels his experience in business and the community makes him the right fit for the Council seat. He is a strong advocate of small business and believes that taxpayer money should be spent with respect to the taxpayer. He believes stronger regional ties with the county only serve to benefit Windsor businesses. He is committed to greater emphasis on creating neighbourhood identities that foster pride and engagement. He also lists as priorities items that affect our neighbourhoods such as increased cleanliness in streets, parks and urban blight, and continued rejuvenation of the Downtown core.
Rino and his wife Anastasia Adams are the parents of Jack 11, Charlie 9, and Wilson 4.