At Nick’s, we pride ourselves on outstanding food. But we’re known for more than just steak and pizza. People know us because our culture, history and values were built on relationships – solid, unyielding relationships with our team, our customers and our community. And it’s these relationships that make the Nick’s experience so special. Because on top of our excellent food created using traditional family recipes, and our exceptional service provided by our experienced and dedicated team, it’s our valued, loyal customers that make Nick’s a great place to be. We are more than family-friendly. When you visit us, you will see families of all size and ages, and will meet multi-generational families that have been joining us for nearly 40 years!
Founded in 1979 by Nick Petros, Nick’s is located near the University of Calgary, and directly across from McMahon Stadium – the home of the Calgary Stampeders. So on any given day, you are likely to find football fans enjoying pre-game beers or celebrating the big win! We have a 8 ft. HD Screen and 7 HD TV’s, and two sunny patios, so bring the whole family and come cheer on your favourite team.
Nick’s – A Family Tradition
Born in the small village of Kardiakafti, Greece, Nick came to Canada at the age of 17 leaving his parents, five brothers, and three sisters behind. Though he had no money in his pockets and spoke no English upon his arrival, Nick worked numerous jobs ranging from janitor, dishwasher, busboy, waiter, maitre’d, and manager. He married Joan Baziuk in 1959 and together they raised three beautiful children: Kim, Tim and Mark.
Nick spent countless years in the restaurant industry before he founded Nick’s Steakhouse & Pizza. With a collection of his mother’s homemade recipes, along with 25 years of on the job training, Nick knew his restaurant would be a success. He still greets each and every customer as though they were a guest in his own home, and his genuine and vivacious personality make him a hit with his valued customers. Nick and his family worked very hard at the restaurant over the years. Mark and his wife Michelle purchased the business from Nick and Joan in 2000. This allowed Nick and Joan to enjoy some rest and relaxation time with their eight grandchildren, and some much deserved vacations on the beaches of Maui. Nick will never “retire” and can be found chatting at tables throughout the restaurant on any given day! Tim, Nick’s eldest son and formerly of the Stampeders, now has his own line of frozen pizzas available in markets around Calgary, and opened his own restaurant, aptly named Tim’s, in Cochrane, Alberta.
Together with a team that embodies the word family, Mark and Michelle Petros strive to maintain the tradition that defines this classic institution and proudly carry it into the future. Nick’s recipe for success for nearly 40 years: serving Calgarians and their families hearty portions of wholesome food with impeccable service at reasonable prices. Nick’s truly is Calgary’s Family Tradition.