Nick’s Hamburger Shop is coming to town – for one lunch

By Rosemary McCoy

If you’re a fan of Nick’s Hamburger Shop, you’re in for a treat without having to drive 50 miles.

The Brookings restaurant will be selling singles and doubles from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, from a trailer at Dawley Farm Village on the east side of Sioux Falls.

First Bank & Trust and Coffea Roasterie share a building at Dawley Farm, and they’ve been hosting Food Truck Fridays all summer. Having the Nick’s trailer there midweek is part of a back-to-school celebration.

Nick’s owner, Todd Fergen, is nervous about too much publicity because he’s worried people will be disappointed if they sell out of hamburgers too quickly.

“We typically can serve 400 to 500 burgers in a two-hour window out of the truck,” Fergen said. He’ll have it packed as full as he can for the Sioux Falls trip.

Customers can buy singles or doubles with or without cheese, chips, soda and water. Fans of Nick’s homemade pies will be out of luck.

Running out of food is a likely scenario with Nick’s reputation for hamburgers.

The small shop has been serving food from its tiny menu in downtown Brookings since 1929. It started using the trailer in 2008 when the restaurant was being renovated.

Now, Nick’s mostly uses the trailer for private events rather than just parking it along a street or going to public events.

“There aren’t as many regulations when it’s a private event,” Fergen said.

The headquarters for First Bank & Trust is in Brookings, and the staff there suggested Nick’s for one of the Dawley Farm food truck events, said Sadie Bell, retail banking manager.

She anticipates a big crowd, too.

“There’s a lot of loyal Nick’s fans and SDSU grads who I’m sure will turn out,” Bell said.

 

 

Nick’s Hamburger Shop is coming to town – for one lunch

If you’re a fan of Nick’s Hamburger Shop, you’re in for a treat without having to drive 50 miles.

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