Jacksonville residents driving around the Square in recent days probably did a double take when passing by the former Roma’s. The 45-year-old restaurant changed names.

Nick’s Place is the new name that honors its original founder, the late Nick Limberis. His widow, Tina, has worked for decades at the restaurant and is staying on hand during a transition of ownership. She is maintaining ownership of the building.

Rodney Turner, one of the new owners, said customers should expect the same good food and service. However, improvements have already begun taking place.

Turner, a Pleasant Valley resident who works at a foundry in Anniston, has always wanted to own a restaurant.

“My family has been coming here for years, and we didn’t want to see it go,” Turner said.

He and the other owner, who prefers anonymity, are in the process of improving the facility and food offerings.

The lunch menu will soon change, and chicken wings are being added to the menu. He is taking suggestions from customers as to what other foods they would like. The restaurant will maintain its family-oriented environment.

“We don’t want to change that,” Turner said.

Other coming changes are adding televisions to the dining room, remodeled restrooms and kitchen, and new carpet. Also, there will be new techniques in food preparation.

“This is Greek food,” Turner said. “We offer gyros, pizzas with homemade dough and sauce, and lasagna.”

Of course, American fare will still grace the menu.

“I am okay with the changes,” Tina said. “I love Jacksonville and it is home now. I am glad to keep my hand in the business.”

Years ago, she and her husband moved from Greece to New York and then to Jacksonville.

Nick’s will open at 11 a.m. each day, and lunch specials will be served until 4 p.m. Prices are $8.99 - $11.99, and the sandwich menu starts at $4.99 for a BLT. Evening meals are slightly higher, and the menu is vast. Beer will be on the new menu, except during church times—Wednesday evenings and Sundays.

“I love this,” Turner, husband of longtime Jacksonville State University employee Angie Turner, said. He has two children, Corey Adams and Bailey Turner.

“I love meeting new people and serving the community of Jacksonville,” Turner said.

Email Sherry at sherrykug@hotmail.com.