Toledo According To… Nick Elkenchen

. December 4, 2018.

Years in Toledo: 31 years now, after living my first 19 years in Lebanon.
Occupation: Chef/Owner of Sam’s Diner in Maumee.
My story in one sentence: Never trust a skinny chef.

The Best meal I had in Toledo: Chicken shawarma from Sidon Lebanese Grille & Bakery.

Favorite annual festival: Greek-American Festival.

The best time I ever had in Toledo: was in my 20’s.

If I could change one thing about Toledo: I would close down the Casino because it takes money from small business owners.Party like it's 1933. (1)

The reason I am proud of myself: I traveled to the United States from Lebanon not knowing the language or the culture but I have learned it. I worked my way up from a dishwasher, to a chef to a business owner. Thank you, Charlie, for helping me along the way!

What makes me feel truly alive: My family, especially my 5 year old little girl.

When I was in high school, I probably would have been described as: a fast runner, nobody could catch me.

Something that always makes me smile: To wake up and see how beautiful God’s nature is.

The best thing about owning my own business is: being free with nobody to boss me around.

One of my bucket list items: is to visit the Great Wall of China.

Advice for new business owners: Do not open a diner or a restaurant; it is too much work.

My best quality is: honesty.

Most people know me for being: a helper.

The best thing about Toledo is: you can get everywhere in 20 minutes.

Something people don’t know about me is: I like playing volleyball.