99 years young, Nickie Troy is a lifelong member of the San Pedro community. Her father came to the United States in 1902. Nickie tells the story of her family and how they celebrated Greek Easter in San Pedro.

April 20,2023

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

SOLAHA Vol. III, No. 34

Nicoletta “Nickie” (Andritsis) Troy remembers Greek (Orthodox) Easter – that just occurred April 16 –  her four siblinegs, and dozens of cousins; and how the local families would share the special day with “pot luck”; and her father’s homemade wine recalls the amusing  “I Love Lucy” segment with Nickie and her sisters stomping grapes for the home made vintage

The  daughter of immigrant Greek Tom Andritsis lifetime San Pedran Nickie, is 99 years old, one of the “greatest generation”,  and “sharp as a tack.” 

Her dad opened a bakery, then the City Hall Café where she enjoyed working from age 12, 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. 

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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