For 48 years, Frank Nudo was Portland’s Coney King. As the owner of the Hawthorne District’s Nick’s Famous Coney Island restaurant and bar, he dished up fully loaded hot dogs, beer, and political and sports talk to a parade of Oregon politicians, local athletes and celebrities, and everyday working men.
Nudo, who retired from the business in 2008, passed away on Nov. 11. He was 83.
Nick Carlascio opened the restaurant in 1932, and sold it to Nudo in 1960. Nudo, who had worked there for a few years, vowed that he wouldn’t change the no-frills business, and over more than four decades he kept the menu simple, the portions large, and the banter friendly. Continue reading