Longtime San Pedro waitress Nickie Troy tells the story of what it was like growing up in the town before World War II and during the Great Depression.

October 27, 2022

Stories of Los Angeles Harbor Area – For Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

SOLAHA Vol. III, No. 18 Nicoletta “Nickie” (Andritsis) Troy

Longtime San Pedro retired waitress of over three decades of serving the community, Nickie (Andritsis) Troy,  of Greek heritage  recounts what it was like growing up in the town before World War II and during the Great Depression, poor yet happy!

Lifetime San Pedran Nickie, is 98 years old and “sharp as a tack.” The   daughter of immigrant Greek Tom Andritsis who  opened a bakery, then the City Hall Café where she enjoyed working from age 12, and had an especially loving relationship with her father, that lead to a life time occupation as a waitress in some of San Pedro’s favorite restaurants. 

Upon graduating from San Pedro High School Nickie was chosen  to work for the first child care organization in Southern California district after WWII. She secured the job because she had just turned 18, and truly enjoyed the work. 

She married at 21 and continued working, then left she when  she was expecting a baby  quitting rather than taking a  leave of absence so she was not able to return to that job (unfortunately she lost the child). With her experience working for her Dad she was able to get a waitress job at the Pirates Den, then continued on to other popular restaurants including the Fireside (located behind Nick Orb’s drive-in, now where  Jack in Box is situated at 6th & Gaffey Streets, Cigo’s (Croatian) until it closed,  the Hacienda Hotel,  Harbor Lights and finally at Ante’s where she was so appreciated (remembering her customers drink and dining preferences) for about 30 years, until she retired. 

More delightful stories and memories from “Nickie” in weeks to come. 

Special note:  Nickie’s father was brother of  “Katina”, the  first  Mrs. Nicholas Papadakis,  and Nickie was first cousin of Tom Papadakis, father of  famed restaurateur and “Singing Linebacker” John Papadakis (a participant in SOLAHA, Vol. IV)


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