• A Hallandale Beach landmark since 1969, returns better than ever before
The year was 1962, Nick Gianos opened a Harrison Street eatery in Hollywood that would soon establish itself as one of the best places to eat breakfast and a hearty lunch.
With an opportunity to move to Hallandale Beach in 1969, when finding a great meal was nearly impossible, Gianos settled in and began a love affair with a community and a loyal client base that loved great food and being a part of a growing city.
For over 40 years, Nick's Restaurant became that landmark - serving up some of the best eggs, omelets, french toast and breakfast sandwiches - while establishing a solid lunch and dinner crowd with nightly specials that many have been talking about for generations.
So popular had Nick's Restaurant become that Gianos expanded in size three times by 1999, and before his death in 2002, was considered one of the most recognized businesses in Hallandale Beach.
With his wife, Lois Lovett-Gianos, left to run things over the next seven years, in 2009, the landmark that had been so much a part of the south Florida landscape, had been sold.
While the quality of the restaurant spiraled downward - with the food and products not being what it had once was - the new ownership had taken a product that earned such a solid reputation - and lost plenty of loyal diners.
THE RETURN OF NICK'S
While Nick's eventually would close - the one person who really had the largest stake in the entire future of the building was property owner Stephen Riemer, who instead of just holding on - put his business sense into action - when he took over Nick's Restaurant with the idea of bringing back the original product - with a few major upgrades.
Riemer, who owns a number of properties within Hallandale Beach, felt that in the best interest of the community and redeveloping "Schmatta Row", the landmark was a must to bring back.
"Our idea, from the beginning was to keep the menu intact, but also make this facility a destination rather than just a neighborhood restaurant," Riemer pointed out. "We have put in over $100,000 and three months into this to make the changes needed to give our customers the experience they deserve."
With a planned grand re-opening scheduled for St. Patrick's Day weekend (Mar. 14-16), diners will start to notice the changes as soon as they walk in - with new granite counters. What they will be greeted by now are specialty items that you can order in house as well as take home with you.
"Jersey Shore Super Hotdogs, Old Monmouth Peanut Brittle, Goshen Farms Vermont Maple Syrup and other items you can only get here at Nick's will always be featured," Riemer explained. "You will also be greeted at the door by 'Arthur' - our wooden manikin and even have the chance to play songs for just .5 cents on our Wurlitzer 750 Jukebox. There are a lot more great changes ahead as well."
The restaurant's charm also will be enhanced by Riemer's personal Tin Toy Collection that will bring out the kid in everyone of all ages.
FOOD IS ALWAYS SPECIAL
While the picture of that freshly roasted 32-pound turkey that is served up all day will always play on your tastebuds, there are so many items to choose from.
The new Super Burger will also highlight the menu. This 13oz. sandwich will satisfy just about any hunger you may have.
"The specialty items that we are putting on the menu are all going to be things customers will not be able to get anywhere else," Riemer said. "We'll feature name brand condiments, feature five different hot sauces, offer Coke products and fresh New York Rye Bread daily."
THE OLD FAVORITES
While the large breakfast selection is still very much in place, it's the fresh hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads and other delicious lunch items that will only be enhanced by the new specialty items that have been added.
"Nick's has always been the place to eat great food," Riemer pointed out. "While breakfast and lunch have always been popular, it's tough to argue what we have for dinner, too."
From delicious meatloaf, London Broil, New York Strip, Baked Virginia Ham, Chicken Parmigiana, Grilled Liver & Onions, Homemade Beef Stew, the simply delicious Macaroni & Cheese - and six different fish and seafood items, every member of the family will have an easy choice.
You always have to leave room for dessert, and with fresh cakes, puddings, jello, fresh fruit, ice cream and New York Cheesecake, the choices are simply endless.
BEER ON TAP
Nick's will now be home to four beers on tap - all served up in a large, frozen mug that will go along with just any of the dishes served.
FAMILIAR FACES RETURN
In addition to getting a chance to see the upgraded facility and the return of Lois, who will be on hand to see so many of the customers who have been waiting for Nick's to return, there are six longtime employees who will be ready to go when the doors open.
"Loyal workers such as Jack (25 years), Byron (20 years), Joseph (25 years) and Olivia (25 years)," Lois said with a smile. "We also have Noel (25 years) and Ginette (17 years). They will all be back with us."
105 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009
BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER
Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.