Nick’s Steak and Taphouse Taps Out in Waxhaw
Another day, another restaurant closes. Nick’s Steak and Taphouse shuttered the doors today along the far end of the tracks in Waxhaw. Just about 24 hours after reporting Longboard’s Tap & Taco closed down (thanks to our friends at the Charlotte Observer for quoting us) we heard and relayed the new on Nick’s in Waxhaw. What happened to Nick’s? Well the place is way too big to start- huge bar area, large foyer, multiple dining sections, and a big kitchen. It must have cost a good bit just to maintain let alone make a profit.
Waxhaw is small, so what makes it out there? The downtown is charming and listed as part of the National Register of Historic Places- an accessible glimpse of antebellum Piedmont clay buildings with a gentle slopping pedestrian bridge over train tracks built in 1888. Plus there is a nice skate park, a great family park, cute shops, and decent restaurants a few yards of one another.
Rippington’s has been the mainstay in Waxhaw for over 12 years so maybe they know something Nick’s didn’t.
One disadvantage was Nick’s was isolated on the fringe of the town as you head out into the country toward South Carolina.
Rippington’s, Maxwell’s Tavern, and even Southsiders (caveat emptor) stand a better chance because they are easily accessible to roaming foot traffic and road traffic. Rippington’s owner Martin Sexton and his crew do a great job- they have one of the better brunches in the Charlotte Metro. And Maxwell’s Tavern is a busy, bright train-themed stop which caters to families and bar patrons.
Some other restaurant will take Nick’s place in the near future and we wish them luck.