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Sheena Thorsland

Patrons, Past and Present Flock to Beloved, Newly Opened Nick’s Diner

Patrons Past, Present,

Flock To ‘New’ Nick’s

Diner Open 2 Days to Packed Houses

Former Oneonta Mayor Nader, right, his wife Kathy, left and back, drove up from Long Island last night, and decided to include dining there in their weekend plans when they found out Nick’s was open. Kathy Nader’s mother and Oneonta resident Lorrie Wolverton, left and front, drove them. They eagerly wait for their first Nick’s Diner meal since it closed in 2013. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL  • Special to

Nick’s Diner’s co-owners Rodney and Sheena Thorsland, left, and customers Tyler Jeschke, 17, and his grandfather, James Wright, exchange stories of multiple generations of diners at Nick’s.

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.

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