Diner Open 2 Days to Packed Houses
By JENNIFER HILL • Special to AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – A legend has been reborn – and it’s packed.
After four years of renovating and rebuilding, Nick’s Diner opened at 6 a.m. last Thursday with little publicity. But word of the diner, beloved from its founding in 1927 to when it closed in 2013 – and sorely missed after it that – spread quickly.
“By 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., word got out and lots of people came in,” the diner’s General Manager Chuck Hanson said. “We were so busy!”
Today, only two days after Nick’s “soft opening,” the diner was 3/4 full at noon, with patrons spanning several generations. Among them were former Oneonta Mayor John Nader (2006-2010), now SUNY Farmingdale president on Long Island, his wife Kathy, and her mother, Lorrie Wolverton.