Laus, 59, grew up in the restaurant business, getting his start at the family-owned Italian Pizza and Subs on Derry Street in Swatara Township.
After a brief career hiatus, he returned to the food business, opening Café Fresco on Paxton Street in 2002, then debuting a second location in downtown Harrisburg three years later.
Laus would go on to open the dance club, Level 2, above the Harrisburg location and, a few years later, started Home 231 on North Street in Harrisburg.
Several years ago, Laus sold Café Fresco, Level 2 and Home 231, turning his attention to a new enterprise, Cork & Fork, an Italian trattoria at State and N. 2nd Streets. More recently, he opened the gourmet hamburger restaurant, Burger Yum, in downtown Harrisburg, and a second Cork & Fork location in Camp Hill.
“The Cork & Fork family is devastated by the loss of our dear friend, Nick,” David La Torre, of the Cork & Fork investor group, said in a statement. “He was more than a restaurateur. He was an artist who has left an indelible mark on the central Pennsylvania restaurant scene. We will continue to carry on his vision for Cork & Fork. We are thinking of his family at this difficult time.”
TheBurg would like to express our sympathies to the Laus family and to his friends, staff and colleagues.
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