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Nick’s Diner Slated To Re-Open in January

New Owner To Reopen

Nick’s Diner In January

Standing behind the counter at Oneonta’s Nick’s Diner today, Rodney Thorsland looks ready for business and almost is: He’s planning to reopen the venerable establishment on Chestnut Street in January. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

The new, updated kitchen at Nick’s Diner.

ONEONTA – Whether you’re in the mood for a classic porkchop dinner, some classic Italian fare or even a pizza to take to a party, Nick’s Diner will soon have you covered.

Under the new ownership of Rodney Thorsland, the rennovated West End establishment is slated to open in early January. “The idea has always been to preserve it, to upgrade it, but have it historical-looking,” Thorsland said.

He and Ed May, who owns the property, appear to have fulfilled their vision.  May, who worked on the building’s structural design, kept the arched ceilings and narrow width of the railroad car the diner’s founders used when they ran Bob & Dan’s Diner in 1927.

$230,000 Grant Possible To Reopen Nick’s Diner

$230,000 Grant Possible

To Reopen Nick’s Diner

Public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Oneonta City Hall on possibly seeking a $230,000 grant for Nick’s Diner, which has been undergoing renovations for the past three years.  The money would come from the federal Community Development Block Grant program. It is estimated that, reopened, Nick’s would create the equivalent of 15.5 fulltime jobs.  The former diner closed after its owner, Nick Formaikis, passed away in 2013.  The local investor, Ed May, acquired it in 2015 and extensive renovations followed, although the local institution – it has been at Chestnut Street and Fonda Avenue since the 1920s – never reopened.  (Jim Kevlin/
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