Nicks owner dies Sunday

According to a news report from idsnews.com, “Richard “Dick” Barnes, owner of Bloomington landmark Nick’s English Hut, died Sunday at age 83.”

“He was a gentleman in the old sense of the word,” said Bob “Hebe” Hebenstreit, Nick’s bartender. “Nick Hrisomalos founded Nick’s in 1927. When Hrsimalos died, his son sold Nick’s to Barnes in 1957. Barnes, a 1952 graduate from IU’s business school, was then the owner of Café Pizzaria a few doors down on Kirkwood Avenue. Since Barnes took over, Nick’s patrons cheered the IU men’s basketball team to three national championships and shook hands with presidential hopeful Barack Obama,” said the story.

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