Nick's Spaghetti House to shut down in East Vancouver after 62 years

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      Patrons of a longrunning East Van eatery have only two weeks left to catch their last meal of spaghetti and meatballs there.

      Nick's Spaghetti House has operated at 631 Commercial Drive since owner Nick Felicella opened the restaurant in 1955, although its original incarnation was as a coffee shop. However, its last day will be on December 21, according to reports.

      With its red-and-white checkered tabletops and homey decor, the restaurant has maintained its old-school style. Its Italian menu has covered classics like ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna, fettuccini, cannelloni, and chicken cacciatore.

      Dishes have included veal cutlets, Italian sausage, spinach cheese agnolotti, and what it's best known for: spaghetti and meatballs.

      Nick's Spaghetti House

      Unlike some other eateries that have been shutting down in the city, the decision to close this establishment is unrelated to rising rents, operation costs, property taxes, or lack of business.

      Rather, according to an interview with the Vancouver Sun, the 86-year-old Felicella is closing the restaurant as his descendants aren't interested in taking over the business and he doesn't want to sell it off.

      After several attempts, the Georgia Straight has been unable to contact anyone at the restaurant for an interview.

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