The restaurant business is in Nick’s blood. A second generation Italian-American, Nick’s great grandfather sold hotdogs and fresh-squeezed orange juice on a New York City street corner at the turn of the century. His parents continued this tradition of small businesses ownership and even before Nick was in school he was running errands in his mother’s local tavern. At 15 Nick began bussing tables and an indoctrination into the service industry had officially begun.
In 1999 Nick moved from Bay Shore, Long Island to New York City and began work with BR Guest Services. Under the tutelage of Steve Hanson, Nick managed such ventures as Ruby Foo’s, Atlantic Grill, and Isabella. Nick’s attention to detail, focus under pressure, and a hospitality first philosophy quickly earned him the respect and attention of Executive Chef Patricia Yeo.
In 2001 Nick joined Patricia Yeo’s three-star Asian hit AZ and expanded both his wine expertise and fluency of contemporary Asian cuisine. Patricia Yeo’s innovation and originality were equally matched by her ability to find creative, talented professionals and it was here that Nick met his future business partners— chefs Marc Forgione and Soulayphet Schwader.
From his successes at AZ Nick migrated to Jean-Georges working at 66, Jo-Jo’s, Jean-George, and Spice Market. He spearheaded the opening of critically-acclaimed Indian restaurant Devi with co-chefs Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur which received two stars from the NYT just months after opening. From Devi Nick opened Mainland (an ambitious, upscale Chinese restaurant specializing in authentic brick-oven Peking Duck) with Chef Brian Young. Lastly, Nick spent five years as general manager of the Italian sleeper hit Crispo with chef/owner Frank Crispo.
In 2013 Nick reunited with former AZ cohorts Iron Chef Marc Forgione and Soulayphet “Phet” Schwader to open Khe-Yo— an acclaimed TriBeCa success and artful marriage of cultures, friendships, and families. As owner/operator, Nick could not be prouder of what he has accomplished and what Khe-Yo represents— Khe-Yo is the age-old story of family and an American dream realized.