Nick’s Restaurant Group—the massive, Irvine-based group that is home to mid- and upscale restaurants through the region—has decided to expand its presence in Belmont Shore by providing a sibling to its Nick’s on 2nd location, South of Nick’s, as first reported by the Long Beach Post.
The group’s Mexican concept, which already has two locations in Laguna Beach and San Clemente, will take over the historic building at 5354 E. 2nd St., formerly home to Citibank before it closed several years ago.
While it is certain that Nick’s doesn’t challenge much in terms of its food—the existing location on 2nd has a menu that has largely remained unchanged since its opening nearly a decade ago—and it is as straight-forward as an American restaurant can be: Excellently made steaks, sides like fried deviled eggs that rarely fail and a butter cake dessert which is one of the best in the city. And while it could certainly elevate with a bit more finesse and a bit more focus, as well as a shift in its layout, to achieve something like the elegance of Arthur J, Nick’s on 2nd has been an anchor in a Shore that has constantly changed.
It is likely to be said the same for South of Nick’s: Expect above-average pricing for decently made interpretations of Mexican food.
A representative from Nick’s Restaurant Group stated they have no immediate opening date pinned down.
South of Nick’s will be located at 5354 E. 2nd St.