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About Us

Nick Frankos, (Uncle Nick) began his work career as a shoe shine boy at the age of 15. He graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1943 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served until the end of WWII. After service to his country, he obtained a job at Republic Steel Corporation and soon thereafter met and married Irene Parana to which he was married to for 58 years. In Addition to his job at Republic Steel, Nick also worked at a laundry business, a chicken factory, and the Holiday Bar in Warren prior to opening his own business of the Buena Vista Café on January 1st, 1956.

Nick Frankos continued to invest his finances and energy into the Warren Schools and community having been elected to the Warren School Board for 12 years. Through his dedication and service, Nick has played an outstanding and positive role in the community.

The Buena Vista café started as a small neighborhood bar in Warren, Ohio. Nick wanted to be more than a bar, so one day; he attended a food show to view new food and equipment products. He came upon a Henny Penny pressure cooker, a state of the art piece of equipment designed to pressure fry chicken. Uncle Nick came home with that pressure cooker. Before adding fried chicken to the menu, he experimented with different marinades and used his friends at the bar to taste the finished product. It took him some time but the rest, as they say, is history.

Today the Buena Vista has grown into one of the finest restaurants in the city of Warren, Ohio. Thanks to its founder, Nick Frankos, and his family, the tradition continues with the expansion from the Buena Vista Café to Uncle Nick’s Greek Fried Chicken franchises.