Nick Apostle was born in 1951 in Jackson, Mississippi. His family was in the restaurant business and young Nick grew up working in the family restaurant during school. He graduated in 1974 from the University of Mississippi and went to work for his father at Paul’s Restaurant until 1983.
He opened his first restaurant, Nick’s, in 1983 in Jackson, and then in 1986 he opened Crescent City Seafood Grill, Mahogany Bar and the Purple Parrot Café in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The following year he established East Capitol Seafood in Jackson. In 1992, he continued with two new restaurants, Rodeo’s and Stockyard Steaks, also in Jackson.
The Great Chefs television crew showed up at Nick’s in 1994 to tape Chef Nick for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the South series as well as their Great Chefs of America series. Twenty years later, in 2014, he closed Nick’s and has concentrated on the Mermaid Café, his fun place on the shores of Lake Caroline.