If you’ve been to Nick’s Steakhouse and Pizza in Calgary, chances are you’ve met the owner, Mark Petros, Nick’s son. The restaurant has been in operation since 1979.
Mark attended the University of Calgary, and the University of British Columbia. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology along with a minor degree in Business. Mark played football with the U of C Dinos, and the UBC Thunderbirds where he played in three Vanier Cups winning a National Championship with each university! Mark has been inducted into the U of C sports hall of fame, the UBC sports hall of fame, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame – all as a football player.
Mark not only plays sports, he’s also a leader in the Calgary sports community. He has coached several boy’s and girl’s soccer, hockey, football, lacrosse, and ringette teams. Mark‘s teams have won city, provincial, and national championships.
Competition, team spirit, and community engagement are deeply ingrained in Mark’s personality. He and his wife have passed this on to their children. Wanting to give back to the city and province that he loves, Mark ran for MLA in Calgary McKnight in 1989. His run was unsuccessful, but what an experience it was!
When the family first opened Nick’s, Mark worked as a bus boy, cleaner, and dishwasher, and when he became old enough he also hosted, bartended, and was a server. Mark, wanting to understand every aspect of the restaurant business, worked in the kitchen exclusively for four years. Now, Mark is most often found hosting at the front of the restaurant, warmly greeting customers and seating them when they arrive. As required, Mark jumps in ready to help wherever there is a need. Having a staff of 72 always keeps Mark on his toes. Mark is also involved with promotions and advertising, including all the great sayings on Nick’s t-shirts.
Next time you stop by, be sure to say a quick hello to Mark. He’ll be happy you did.