LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A new restaurant is opening named after Niko Dinovo, the teenager who was badly burned when the car he was riding in crashed into the Blessings Tavern.
Niko’s is a deli and pizzeria located at 462 Albany-Shaker Rd. in Loudonville. It’s owned by his aunt and uncle. They say Niko is the driving force behind their dreams to open a restaurant.
“I think about him and I think about what he’s overcome so we can do this, and he’s very excited to come home and be a part of it,” his aunt Davina Resciniti said. “He’s like the only thing missing here today.”
It’s been more than a year since that tragic crash. Niko was riding in a car driven by his friend when the car veered off the road, slammed into the tavern, and caught fire.
Niko was given just a one percent chance of survival but has made amazing progress.