The restaurant industry flows through Pete Eddicus’ veins. His grandmother was an award-winning French chef, and his parents once ran Mary T’s Steaks and Omelette in Oswego County.
“You think this is just something you like to do, then you realize it’s in your genes,” Eddicus said.
Eddicus has brought Mary T’s burger and pasta recipes to every restaurant where he’s has worked. As a cook and manager at Nick’s Place, a diner inside the M&T Bank Building in downtown Syracuse, he has helped the current owner, John Fraitto, create a menu of home-cooked meals.
Eddicus prides himself on the freshly prepared food they serve at Nick’s as well as shrewd marketing practices such as free beverages and sides. Also, he considers it crucial for the owner be hands on with everything.
That personalized approach allows Eddicus to interact more with his customers — a satisfying payoff in many respects.
“I’ve been in this business 31 years and I never made any money,” Eddicus said. “It wasn’t about the money. It was about drawing a paycheck and having fun with it.”
Eddicus’ career goals expanded as of May 2 when he and the waitresses at Nick’s, Cheri Stephenson and Robin Hilts, opened a new restaurant in Central Square.
The “R” Diner, 431 U.S. Route 11, has a similar menu to Nick’s, but extends its Friday hours to serve dinner including the popular Haddock fish dinners. Also, the new diner will keep its doors open on weekends, starting at 5 a.m. on Saturdays and 6 a.m. on Sundays.
The “R” Diner crew will remain closely connected to Nick’s. Stephenson will continue to serve there once a week, and Fraitto will occasionally work in the “R” kitchen.
101 S. Salina St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Open M-F, 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.