Big Nick's on the Upper West Side closed for good last night. West Side Rag reported the news first that yesterday would be Nick's last day. After 51 years in business, and remaining ever popular, the beloved burger and pizza joint could not afford the massive increase in already high rent--from $42,000 to $60,000 a month.
The landlord refused to negotiate a better deal, and Big Nick's has been on a month-to-month for awhile now.
An employee said the space will become a bank. However, as City Council member Gale Brewer wrote on her Facebook page today, "A bank cannot come in--per the law that I passed--if the length of the store is more than 25 feet. That's the max for any bank."
So maybe a Williams Sonoma? Or how about a Pottery Barn?
It's getting boring, isn't it?
Enjoy these photos from the last night of Nick's, by the folks at Zipper: