Ocean City Today

Modernizing Nick’s House of Ribs

By Kara Hallissey | Jun 29, 2017
Photo by: Kara Hallissey Owner Scott Heise shows off the modern dining room renovations to Nick’s Original House of Ribs on 144th Street Monday afternoon.

(June 30, 2017) The dining room received modern upgrades at Nick’s Original House of Ribs on 144th Street, from new carpeting to making the room more spacious with Oak-padded chairs and recovered booths. Additional renovations included new décor, lighting and painted railings.

“The focus was on making it better for the guests,” said owner Scott Heise. “The place looks better, food is better and comes out quicker. Our customer service is better and wait times are shorter. It’s been fun and a lot of work. We made some necessary upgrades.”

Guests will notice more seating in the entryway, landscaping upgrades and 25 high-definition televisions in the bar area.

“It was a thousand little things,” Heise said. “We added 100 more seats in the dining room. We can seat up to 500 people now. When you walk in the door, less is more. We repurposed and moved around [mementos on the walls.]”

Renovations were completed during wintertime and took more than a year to finish.

Heise took over the property in April of 2016, and set to work on expanding and improving the foundation already in place.

“We had a great first season, everything went smooth and we had a great reception from guests,” Heise said.

There are additional bar tables and seating upstairs overlooking the bar and restaurant areas. A private dining room can seat up to 10 people upstairs. Diners also have the option to sit outside on the patio.

“We are really excited about the whole thing and it turned out great,” Heise said.

Nick Idoni, the original owner, started out cooking at J.R. Ribs while Heise was a dishwasher at Tony’s Pizza. They both opened their uptown Ocean City restaurants in 1983. Heise also owns three Pizza Tugos locations in the resort.

“I want to thank everyone who has been a customer for the last 30 plus years,” Heise said. “It means a lot to us and we want to thank these loyal people for still coming.”

Future plans include modernizing the outside, football specials during the offseason and eventually adding an upstairs outdoor structure with a bar.

“It might be a year or two before we start,” Heise said. “We spent the winter working on a plan. There will be seating and a walkway to the bar outdoors.”

Diners have incentive to come in for the early bird special from 3 to 4:30 p.m. where they can take $3 off any entrée.

Nick’s Original House of Ribs is open 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call the restaurant and bar at 410-250-1984 or visit www.nickshouseofribs.com.

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