KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App
** CLICK HERE for a COMPLETE LISTING **    City of Parkston--SNOW ALERT--plowing begins 3 am  

Nick's Burger Shop Says Goodbye To Owner



Bookmark and Share

If you want a burger in Brookings, your usual array of fast food chains could satisfy your hunger. But, if you want a burger with a side of atmosphere, "Nick's Hamburger Shop" is the place to be.

 

The restaurant has expanded since it opened more than 80 years ago, but now the Brookings staple is dealing with a loss.

 

It could be the buns. It could be the toppings. It could be the same cooking oil they've used since the 20's. But, nothing makes a burger better than enjoying one with good company. And at Nick's there's no shortage of good people to share some beef patties.   

 

“It's that kind of place everybody comes. If they've been gone a long time, they still come back,” said Jerry Deblonk who visits Nick’s at least twice a week.

 

The Brookings burger joint has seen four owners since opening its doors in 1929. The most recent is Dick Fergen who made some changes to the Main Avenue restaurant by expanding the famously small eatery into the barber shop next door. A move questioned by some, but Brookings natives kept coming back for more bags of burgers.

 

“He improved what I thought couldn't be improved on, which is Nick's Hamburger Shop,” said Deblonk.

 

Earlier this month, Dick Fergen lost his battle with cancer. And now, regulars and the staff of Nick's, remember their boss and friend.      

 

“He was way more than a boss to any of us,” said Christina Wiemer, the manager at Nick’s.

 

“An old friend that I'm going to miss quite often,” said Deblonk, who has known Fergen for 60 years.

 

“He was always there to help. I went in the ditch one winter on my drive in from Elkton and he came a couple miles and pulled me out,” recalled Wiemer.  

 

The menu remains the same but a familiar face will no longer sit on a classic red stool at the other end of the bar.  

 

“That was what people came here for besides the burgers. They wanted a good conversation. They knew Dick was here to give them a story,” said Wiemer. “He was just a staple of Nick’s he really brought it back to life and he built up to what it is now.”

 

Dick Fergen brought change to a Brookings classic and now Brookings must deal with change once more, as they mourn a friend who made smiles and cooked hamburgers on the side.


Dick Fergen's son will take over as the owner of Nick's Hamburger Shop.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

One Of A Kind Pawn Shop Coming To Sioux Falls

By Thanksgiving 2015, Sioux Falls will have a new entertainment scene, and will ...

Shoppers Return Unwanted Gifts In Sioux Falls

With gifts opened and wrapping paper in the trash, crowds of people ...

Sioux Falls Residents Leave Christmas Behind

While many of us are still trying to recover from Christmas dinner, others ...

"Heroes Behind The Badges" Blood Drive Begins  Dec. 26

Family Of Jayla Rodriguez Grieves Through Holidays  Dec. 26

SD Extends Comment Period On Elk Management Plan  Dec. 26

SD County Name Change Needs Legislative Action  Dec. 26

SD Man Dies After Being Struck By SUV  Dec. 26

Brennan Announces New SF Development  Dec. 26

Judge Trims Lawsuit Against Sioux City, Ex-Manager  Dec. 26

Parts Of SD In For Snow, Bitter Cold  Dec. 26

Shelter Getting 6-Month Trial In New Location  Dec. 26

Gun Given As Present Goes Off, Causes Commotion  Dec. 26

Sanford Volunteer Honored For Her Service  story with video  Dec. 25

Union Gospel Serves Up Food And Fellowship  story with video  Dec. 25

House Fires Increase During Holiday Season  story with video  Dec. 25

Christmas Breakfast Served To Those In Need  Dec. 25

Deadwood Gambling Revenue Sees Small Increase  Dec. 25

Tribe Official Wants Health Care Through Sanford  Dec. 25

Streaming Release Of 'Interview' Is A Test For The Industry  Dec. 25

KDLT News Archive
     

SD Man Dies After Being Struck By SUV

A South Dakota man is dead after being struck by a sports ...

Brennan Announces New SF Development

A new, $15 million, 40,000 square foot business is set to open in Sioux Falls ...

Parts Of SD In For Snow, Bitter Cold

Parts of South Dakota could see a couple of inches of snow before ...

Gun Given As Present Goes Off, Causes Commotion  Dec. 26

Family Of Jayla Rodriguez Grieves Through Holidays  Dec. 26

Shoppers Return Unwanted Gifts In Sioux Falls  Dec. 26

One Of A Kind Pawn Shop Coming To Sioux Falls  Dec. 26

Judge Trims Lawsuit Against Sioux City, Ex-Manager  Dec. 26

KDLT News Archive
     

KDLT Sports 2014 Bloopers Of The Year  story with video

As 2014 comes to a close, we at KDLT will look back at the best of ...

Drew II Plays Santa Claus In Skyforce Christmas Win  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD (Dec. 25, 2014) – Twas Christmas ...

Pro Bowl Nod Adds To Vinatieri's Legacy  story with video

Rapid City native and former South Dakota State Jackrabbit Adam Vinatieri has ...

Skyforce Christmas Day Game A Beloved Tradition  story with video  Dec. 26

Scheels Plays of the Week from December 15th-21st  story with video  Dec. 24

Walker wants to play for Christmas  story with video  Dec. 24

Zenner, Weineke All-Americans again!  story with video  Dec. 24

Luverne rallies past Totino-Grace in hockey thriller  story with video  Dec. 23

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top