Nick’s Tomatoe Pie, tradition in north county, closes doors

 

Nick’s Tomatoe Pie, a quarter-century fixture Italian food in Sims Creek Plaza on the northside of Indiantown Road, is closed.

The restaurant, which employed about 60 people just east of Center Street, shut down about two weeks ago.

A hand-written sign in the window next to the entrance door reads:

“Nick’s Tomatoe Pie is officially closed. Thank you for supporting us over the years. Try our new restaurant Nick and Johnnies located at 14133 U.S. 1, Juno Beach Loggerhead Plaza, also known as the old Classico.”

The owner, Nick Chiantese, had planned on opening a new restaurant in Sims Plaza, just north of the current location, in the Hobby Shop and three adjacent bays. Outdoor seating and a bar were planned.

That plan has been abandoned, say sources. Chiantese could not be reached for comment.

About a year ago, a plan was submitted to the town to demolish the current restaurant after Nick’s left and replace it with a Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

The Chick-fil-A plan called for:

* Demolishing Nick’s current 8,000-square-foot restaurant.

* Building a new Chick-Fil-A about half the size with inside seating for 96 patrons.

* The new restaurant would have two drive-thru lanes. There would be no outdoor seating.

The town planning staff responded a month later with a “insufficiency letter” to Chick-fil-A calling for changes.

Chick-fil-A withdrew the plan.

Nick and Johnnies in Juno Beach – no connection to the Nick & Johnnie’s in Palm Beach — is owned by Chiantese with former Jupiter Inlet Colony Mayor John Zuccarelli.

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