As many of you might know Nick has 2 locations, Crystal Lake and South Elgin. I frequent the Elgin location more often than Crystal Lake. The beer selection is OK if we were back in the 80s but not for the 21st century. When Elgin opened it was a Gold Mine, now it seems to be a Ghost Town since the Big Dog "PORTILLO" showed up across the street. Nick refuses to change with the times and I think that hurt the business. The food items are very good and we enjoy the peanuts. I do not think its a good idea to let bartenders tend bar and wait tables at the same time, it effects service for both bar customers and seated customers. About a year and a half ago or so, Nick put out a plea to his customers to come in and spend money or he might have to close the Elgin location, blamed the loss of business on the opening of Walmart across the street. Customers stepped up to the plate and helped him out, kind of a CHEESEY move but it worked for him. Now Nick has Portillo to worry about, let's see if he can pull another rabbit out of his hat.
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