The new Nicky’s restaurant, over a year in the making, is now open for business.

The neighborhood staple, formerly located at the corner of 103rd Street and Western Avenue for 23 years, opened its new location at 105th and Western on Jan. 2.

Owner Paul Kostopanagiotou joined his staff and local officials in unveiling the restaurant, which features a chic design using large shipping containers that make up the dining area.

“This started in this community in 1997,” Kostopanagiotou said. “I’m very excited about opening up here. I started this project in August of 2019.”

The name of the restaurant is now Nicky’s of Beverly, after formerly being Nicky’s Grill and Yogurt Oasis. The menu features familiar items: burgers, gyros, hot dogs, salads and ice cream.

Kostopanagiotou laid out his plans for the new site, the former location of Taqueria Valparaiso, in December 2019.

He said he discovered the idea of using freight containers at a food hall in Toronto.

He quipped that when he asked architect Joe Carroll, of CMMR, LLC in Beverly, about implementing such a “crazy idea” for his new space, Carroll scoffed: “No way.”

However, Carroll said the more he investigated the concept, he realized the containers would fit perfectly at the corner.

The containers make up two dining rooms and are stacked on top of one another, providing 18-foot-high ceilings, with local art adorning the walls.

There is also an outdoor fire pit, and Kostopanagiotou will sell alcohol. Plans to build a rooftop dining space on the property are also in the works.

Kostopanagiotou expanded the property to 2,000 square feet. But, he also kept the unique framework of the original building, which has housed several businesses over the years.

“I actually wanted to preserve a little bit of the building, how it’s shaped on an angle [facing the street],” Kostopanagiotou said. “When we had the idea of the shipping containers and attaching them to the original building ... it still maintained the same building, on an angle, but added all these other different elements to it.”

19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea joined in the ribbon cutting and said he has been a longtime customer. His office is located at 104th and Western, between the old and new sites.

The revamping of the new Nicky’s, he said, is good for the neighborhood.

“How exciting that here we are today, re-opening with a significant re-investment right down the block,” O’Shea said. “How excited our community is—how excited I am, because this is actually a little bit closer to my office.

“I look forward to another 23 years.”

Nicky’s is open seven days a week.

For more information, call (773) 233-3072 or visit nickysofbeverly.com.