Farewell to Big Nick
the Cloverleaf blindfolded. "When I was twelve I was washing dishes and peeling potatoes. It was a different upbringing." Back then the restaurant was on Broadway, where the Northside Grill is now.
There will be no price or menu changes, at least until food costs force his hand. "I was just over at Gordon Foods and spent forty dollars on a corned beef this big," his hands span something roughly the size of a grapefruit, though, on the upside, he's grateful to have a GFS on W. Liberty instead of having to drive out to Carpenter Rd.
"My dad was known for giving an affordable meal," and he gave them to a lot of people who couldn't even afford Nick's old-school diner prices. "If you were honest with him and sober, he'd give you a free meal," George says.
"And disabled Vietnam vets," calls longtime customer Sue Sabo from her table across the room. "A lot of restaurants get impatient with people in wheelchairs. Nick really cared for them."
Cloverleaf, 201 E. Liberty, 662-1266. Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
[Originally published in May, 2014.]