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Downtown Gresham restaurant - Nicholas - celebrates it remodel with reopening including elected officials, family and friends.

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - The Gresham location of Nicholas Restaurant now serves tradtional Lebanese cocktails like Arak. After three weeks of construction, the iconic Lebanese restaurant, Nicholas, celebrated its reopening of its newly remodeled Downtown Gresham location on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Nicholas owner, Hilda Dibe, celebrated the occasion with a reopening event to kick-off the new era of the business.

"We invited a lot of our business neighbors, some friends and family to celebrate the renovations and the people who made it all possible," Dibe said.

The new-and-improved Nicholas includes a full bar with specialty Lebanese cocktails, an updated interior with added booths, as well as new colors, lighting and design accents.

For Dibe, adding the 11 traditional Lebanese cocktails to the Gresham location menu was one of improvements she was most excited for.

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Nicholas owner Hilda Dibe (left) celebrated the rennovations to her Downtown business with elected officials, friends and family. "In our Portland locations we have been able to offer traditional Lebanese cocktails since we opened, and we finally get to bring those here to Gresham," Dibe said.

Although the menu is the same — with the exception of new cocktails — Dibe hopes the remodel can help elevate customer's experience.

Nicholas has also improved the space efficiency of the restaurant and reduced its climate footprint by installing efficient electrical systems.

Known for its dishes traditionally served in Lebanese homes, some of the restaurant's highlights include mezza plates, kabobs and shawarma to name a few.

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