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Nicky G's Pizza Boards Up Its St. James Restaurant

Doors are locked, no ones answering the phone at popular Lake Avenue Pizzeria.

Nicky G's Pizzeria was closed, doors locked and windows taped up on Thursday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Sara Walsh).
Nicky G's Pizzeria was closed, doors locked and windows taped up on Thursday afternoon. (Photo Credit: Sara Walsh).
If you are hungry for a slice of Nicky G's famous garlic knot pizza, you might be out of luck. 

The popular St. James pizzeria and restaurant, located at 244 Lake Avenue, has locked its doors and taped brown paper up over the windows. On Thursday afternoon, the restaurant was closed as neon signs announcing "Pizza" and "Take Out" remained unlit. 

Several phone calls placed to Nicky G's pizzeria were not answered and there is no answering machine. The restaurant's Facebook page has not been updated since Nov. 19. 

It appears Nicky G's Pizza may have quietly moved on for the second time.

Owner Nick Grimaldi, of Port Jefferson, opened Nicky G's Pizza on Lake Avenue storefront in October 2011, roughly eight years after selling off his first pizzeria in town.

Grimaldi said he tried to open up a dining room before selling the pizzeria the first time, but problems with wastewater management permits from Suffolk County prevented him from doing so. It sparked his decision to sell the restaurant and leave. 

After Grimaldi no longer the owner of the establishment, he said Suffolk County finally gave the dining room plans he submitted nearly 10 years earlier the green light. Around that time an offer was made to him to buy back the the pizzeria, an offer he couldn't refuse.

Nicky G's Pizza opened up for the second time in 2011 as a take-out pizzeria and casually sit-in restaurant with seating for roughly 40 people. It was locally famous for its garlic knot pizza, which had garlic knots hand braided into the crust of the pie. 

Tara December 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Nicky G's Pizza Options for this story To all our friends and family, We thank you all for your support these past two years. Unfortunately due to the economic times we have to close and restructure the company. If you would like to visit our other location at 4490 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY 11933 for some delicious garlic knot pizza. Again we greatly appreciate your business. Happy Holidays Nicky G
Harry December 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM
My kids liked the garlic knot pizza. That's because it hid the taste of their lousy pies. They ate the crust. Won't miss them.
Mike December 13, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Luckily for us ,Pizza is very competitive in this area, but no place beats Ciros @ 111 & 347. Tough market.
Harry December 13, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Ciros is a 15 min. drive with no traffic from where I live in St. James. Had you ever eaten @Nicks?
Robc1940 December 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM
The fat guy working there was rude and nasty so I stopped going there. Rocco's is good enough. Even Lorenzo's is decent.....and inexpensive
NuYawker December 13, 2013 at 11:35 PM
That's too bad, they were decent, but down the road are 2 very competitive pizza joints - Matts and Patio, both good in their own ways. Tough market.
STJ December 17, 2013 at 02:27 PM
I agree that we have plenty of choices in St. James for pizza. We too have tried them all and tend to stick with Roccos. It would be like opening another small sandwich shop on Lake Avenue... we need some more variety.
Mike December 17, 2013 at 07:49 PM
@Harry - Yes while at the St. Pats parade. Was good.
localguy December 27, 2013 at 09:35 AM
The popular St. James pizzeria and restaurant, located at 244 Lake Avenue, has locked its doors ........... if it was so popular the doors would still be open. Never happy to see another business close in town.
J Daniel White II March 28, 2014 at 08:19 PM
ޏ₍ ὸ.ό₎ރ " GREEDY LANDLORDS STRIKE AGAIN" !! "FAT PAT { THE SLUMLORD RAT } MAZZIO: And his over priced rentals that he likes to rent to illegals ( 4 to 6 in a 3 Rm Apt 1600 per Month ) The main cause business is leaving St.James Fast and Furiously. The neighborhood is changing & not for the better either. other buss & residential property's that he owns remain empty & others announced their closing & moving. No one wants or will rent from this crook & his Insane wife any longer. They are responsible for making St.James an " Overpriced,Overtaxed,& Overrated ! GHETTO !! \,,/(òÓ,)\,,/

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