Original business card (courtesy of legendary disco DJ Luis-Mario Orellana)
Located in the main floor of the high-rise Doctor's Building (long since demolished)
Former location of Nickyo's Rodeo
The disco era hit Charlotte with a bang with the opening of 20th Century Fox--Charlotte's first discotheque. Opened in March 1978 by Nick Panos, the 20th Century Fox was located on Kings Dr in the main floor of the Doctor's Building. It was instantly the place to be and be seen and featured several famous national touring DJ's. It would pave the way for several other discos that would soon sprout up all around Charlotte. Just like disco itself, the club would quickly peak and would close within a few years of opening.
Prior to the 20th Century Fox, Nick Panos ran a two-story eatery around the corner called Nick's Place. Located on the far east side of Morehead St, Nick's Place was part pool hall (top floor) and part sandwich shop (bottom floor). Nick Pano's biggest success would come in the mid-80's when he opened Nickyo's Rodeo on Providence Rd. Featuring Southwestern/Texas cuisine and everything from line dancing to karaoke, Nickyo's "roadhouse" atmosphere was immensely popular from the mid-80's through the early-'90's.
Nick Panos passed away about five years ago, but his mark will forever be left on the Charlotte restaurant community.
The Nightlife Series will feature venues that, though not true restaurants per se, added to the overall night scene of Charlotte.