Big Nick’s Burger Joint and Pizza Joint Too at 70 West 71st Street, which has been around for decades, has been closed for several days, months after the owners lost a lawsuit having to do with employee wages. No one has been answering the phone at the restaurant, which was dark even on Super Bowl Sunday. An email we sent to an address associated with the restaurant was not returned.
“Please tell me this is only temporary,” wrote Doug Smoyer.
Six employees at Big Nick’s filed suit against the restaurant in 2016 alleging that they were forced to work overtime without being paid for it, and that they were paid below minimum wage. In November, a federal jury ruled against the owners and they were ordered to pay more than $2 million.
The restaurant is a spinoff of the original Big Nick’s on Broadway and 76th, although it was sold in 1986 to new owners. The original Big Nick’s closed in 2013.
Photo by Debbie from West 70th.