About us


Few people have left a mark on South Valley, NY as indelible as that Nick and Linda Andriaccio. The restaurateurs started out in Buffalo, in 1974 but their Chautauqua County roots brought them back to the area in May of 1980, when they bought the “Lucky Nickel” bar. Nick’s passion for great food, family and friends proved to be the ‘recipe for success’ as they worked to create a high-end dinner establishment adding the outside clam bar in the later years. The Nic-L-Inn Restaurant flourished for 35 years as a fine dining experience for regional residents and seasonal tourists alike.

Upon the Andriaccio’s retirement, Jack Kraatz and Deborah Walston picked up the reigns with their Southern style in 2015. They maintained the exceptional dinner menu and brought in BBQ options with a large smoker, serving brisket, ribs and chicken.

In early 2018, local developer/investors Christopher Lynn and Jason Spain began conversations with Jack about his desire to head back to Texas and chase other adventures. Lynn and Spain immediately formed a new hospitality company – Due East Hospitality LLC – to own and operate the restaurant.

On July 1, 2018 Due East Hospitality LLC acquired ownership of this dining destination. You will see some new improvements to the menu, interior and exterior design yet staying mindful to preserving the passion and tradition of their predecessors. The change in ownership is a prime time to refocus the branding to a generalized name. While remaining familiar enough to past patrons to identify that it won’t be all too different, the change is mostly visual. The group felt it was time to move away from the founders abbreviated names, and capitalized on what the locals have verbally dubbed it in short for years… “The Nickel”.

It is with a focus on tradition while ushering in a new exciting age of destination dining, that the owners of Due East Hospitality LLC present you with

 

“A Destination for Food – For Family – For Life!”


Chef Bios

 

Burke Lindquist – Corporate VP of Due East Hospitality LLC

“HOME GROWN CULINARY EXCELLENCE”

Chef Lindquist was born and raised on a dairy farm in Kennedy, New York, and is a graduate of Randolph High School. Chef Lindquist holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Chili, New York.

Chef Lindquist has a robust and diversified culinary background - haven progressively rose through the culinary ranks, holding positions of Sous Chef, Head Chef, and Executive Chef / Owner. Most notably, he apprenticed at the famous Nashville Opryland Hotel, studying under Certified Executive and Master Chefs – eventually becoming the Sous Chef.

In 2005, Chef Lindquist returned to New York to open the 600+ room Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel. After three years he transferred to Seneca Allegany Casino Hotel, where he would go on to open three new restaurants and an event center. Both of these properties were awarded and maintain the coveted AAA Four Diamond Rating.

After eight years of service, Chef Lindquist decided to open his own fine dining restaurant, La Familia, in the world famous Chautauqua Institution, in Chautauqua, New York.

Today, Chef Lindquist continues to operate La Familia while providing executive oversight of The Nickel Restaurant and other corporate hospitality ventures.