Big Nick's Closes After 51 Years....

After 51 years Big Nick's Upper West Side located at 2175 Broadway closed it's door for good Monday at 4am. The announcement “After 51 years, we have lost our lease after two years of difficult and torturous negotiation,” posted on their Facebook page. The restaurants landlord had planned to increase the rent from $42,000 to $60,000 or more per month for its 1,000 sq.ft. space. There was talk about relocation but that is still to be left an agonizing mystery. However, Big Nick when asked last year in the New York Times "So what will he do now? " stated “It’s in my blood to be a restaurant guy,” he said. “Owning a restaurant is like a disease. You don’t like the disease, but you have it.”  Hopefully, we will infact be seeing him again soon. People from all over commented on how they were devasted by this news. Many of them growing up and hanging out in Big Nick's and then returning with their own children. The New Yorker wrote a beautiful heartfelt article about Big Nick's. Sadly this space that was once filled with handwritten and neon signs will most likely become a bank although no plans are confirmed. Loyal Patrons are posting beautiful video tributes as well like this http://vimeo.com/71395242 as well as photos, stories, poems and videos on The West Side Rag http://www.westsiderag.com/2013/07/29/remembering-big-nicks-in-photos-stories-and-video in paying back Big Nick for all the years of delicious calories and memories.

Last Year was Big Nick's 50th Anniversary

This year an end to an Upper West Side legacy.

Their Pizza is my personal favorite.

 

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