Remember that rumor that Big Nick’s Burger & Pizza Joint was going to become a bank? Looks like it was wrong.
Big Nick’s is currently being gutted, a depressing spectacle playing out on Broadway between 76th and 77th streets. And it sounds like the two businesses next to it will be forced to close soon too.
Our columnist Harriet was chatting with an executive from the Hotel Belleclaire, which is the landlord for the three businesses at the southwest corner of Broadway and 77th street (Big Nick’s, News Inc. and Bra Smyth).
“Spoke Friday afternoon with a gentleman who identified himself as director or revenue at Hotel Belleclaire . Said he had only been with the hotel for a year and was very excited by its plans. He was holding a blueprint and talking with another man when I interrupted and asked about the plans. The big nicks storefront will not be rented out. The magazine store and the lingerie store will close “shortly”. (He did not have an exact date there). The hotel will close its side street entrance and build an entrance on Broadway, taking up the entire Broadway front. The main reason is that they want a restaurant with a liquor license on the second floor. They cannot get a liquor license as long as their main entrance faces a church (Collegiate).”
We emailed the general manager of the hotel for comment, but never heard back.
The news is not that surprising, given that the Belleclaire recently had a big renovation and that hotel bars are hot amenities: several hotels in the area have been opening bars in the past few months, including the Beacon and the NYLO hotel across the street from the Belleclaire. Big Nick’s was forced out after the Belleclaire attempted to raise the rent by nearly $20,000 a month following a property tax increase on the building.
Thanks to Denton for the top photo.