Nick's Dining Room offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in
a relaxed atmosphere with extraordinary views of the Pacific Ocean.
Fresh seafood is always available and our extensive menu
is sure to contain at least one
of your cravings.
Nick's bar and lounge is open daily for cocktails and appetizers
live music and dancing on the weekends.
Listen to the sound of the waves rolling on the beaches' edge. Hear the
seagulls as they seem to float in the wind and play amid the glittering
white water. Watch and wonder at the grace of the pelicans as they dive.
sit and sense the calmness that this beautiful cove, Rockaway Beach,
gives to its visitors.
It is no wonder that this cove brought a man from thousands of miles
away to make it his home.
The place was Macedonia, Greece, 1887, where Stalios Karagianis was
born. Twenty years passed when this young man boarded a ship called the
Konstantinos and set off for America. reaching New York he traveled
across the country to San Francisco. upon arrival in the City By the
Bay, work was first in order. His work ranged from a vegetable store to a
jitney driver, then work on the Ocean Shore Railroad which brought him
to this beautiful coast. work then took him from the from the coast side
back to San Francisco where he worked in a glass factory. Karagianis
was later to become a building contractor.
It was during this time that Karagianis sent for his wife Anastasia to
join him. A house was bought in Daly City and soon three girls, and
last, one boy were to be born.
Karagianis returned to the coast and bought a piece of property on the
water's edge here at Rockaway beach. A business was first built selling
sandwiches, peanuts and candy to fishermen and beach goers. Upon
arriving for work one morning Karagianis found his business burned to
the ground. Karagianis proceeded to rebuild and it wasn't long before he
was back in business. Following the opening, fire struck again. No one
can really say what inspired him to rebuild a third time, but he
reopened to serve those who visited Rockaway Beach. In the years to
follow the family moved to reside at the business and make Rockaway
Years passed and what was most difficult in visiting the Rockaway Beach
stop was not finding it, but pronouncing the owner's name. Being told
so often about no one being able to pronounce his name Karagianis
changed it to be on record as Charles Gust. Friends then began to call
Karagianis Charlie Gust, and traveled narrow roads and many miles to
visit the Greek at Rockaway Beach.
Charlie has passed on, but he lived to see his small rockaway stop
become one of the most unique and pleasurable dining spots along the
Pacific Coast. Charlie's
persistence in always improving and expanding his business still lingers
on, as one can see. Serving the public was his goal, and we hope to
carry it on for a long time to come.
What Charles and his family saw many years ago still goes on at Rockaway
Beach. That calm, relaxed atmosphere calls to those who enjoy the
beautiful coast. The gracious hospitality Charles expressed and the
utmost in fine dining still is maintained by Charlie's family. In the
tradition he originated many years ago. This restaurant is a tribute we
make to Charles Gust by having you dine where dining is at his best.
The Gust family welcomes you to Rockaway Beach on the shores of the
beautiful Pacific, in Pacifica, California.
Our best wishes,
Charles, Anastasia, Nick, Lorraine, Kathy, Chuck and Lena.