restaurant history

Nicks was originally established at 259 Broadway in 1969.  Owned and operated by Nick Sammartino, it was a neighborhood diner serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Nick lived in the neighborhood and his two sons often worked at the diner throughout their childhood. Nick opened for late-night breakfast at 1am and stayed open straight through until mid afternoon the next day.

While in college Derek was introduced to Nicks.  Working nights at restaurants, Derek and his friends would eat there after their shifts (and after the pubs).  Derek became friends with Nick and even though he would eat there less and less as the years went by, he soon bought a house in the neighborhood.  Over the years Derek would continue to stop in and check on Nick.  One night, on the way home in 2001, Derek was walking by and saw Nick in the window.  Nick waved him in and asked him to have a cup of coffee.  Nick told Derek that he didn’t think he could do it anymore and told him he wanted to sell the restaurant and finally retire (at the age of 79).  Derek had left his last job a few months prior and just returned from California.  Not sure what his next move was Derek told Nick he had an idea, and the rest is history…