Griffith’s Niko’s restaurant damaged by car
By Michelle L. QUinn Post-Tribune correspondent September 17, 2012 1:26PM
Updated: October 19, 2012 6:12AM
GRIFFITH — A 23-year-old Griffith woman drove into Niko’s Steak and Seafood early Sunday morning, causing tens of thousands of damage to the recently remodeled building.
Brooke A. Miller told police she was feeling dizzy and tired from a medication she’s currently taking and either fell asleep or blacked out before her 2007 Nissan Altima veered off the road and hit the building. She was traveling southbound on South Broad Street at 12:20 a.m.
A witness who’d been driving behind Miller said he noticed her vehicle was swerving between her lane and the center line for a couple blocks before sharply swerving off the road and into Niko’s, the report said.
Miller passed both a field sobriety test and portable Breathalyzer, the report said.
Owner Niko Gardikiotessaid the insurance adjuster will be at the scene Tuesday morning, and a construction team will create a temporary entrance in place of the wreckage. The restaurant will open Wednesday if all goes as planned.
The restaurant’s facade remodel was completed June 18, and with all the new building codes, Gardikiotes said he expects the rebuild to be much more expensive. But he’s just glad it wasn’t worse.
“I got called down to the scene, and (Miller) was apologizing to me. Thank God no one was hurt,” he said.