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Nick Brooks '10

Nick Brooks '10, owner and co-founder of Bolton Deli, stands inside the eatery just after the long renovation process came to completion.

BFA, Graphic Design

Class of 2010

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While Nick Brooks '10 (graphic design) was at MICA, he realized he wanted to add to the Bolton Hill dining options. So in February 2011, he opened Bolton Deli with fellow graduate Cris Cimatu '11 (illustration) and current student Matt Tabin as minority partners in the venture.

This wasn't Brooks' first foray into the food business. For a short time, he was also a co-owner of the Bohemian Coffeehouse on Charles Street. "Owning a restaurant is a never-ending source of creative problem solving," Brooks explained. "At the core of what we learned in graphic design and at MICA was problem solving."

His MICA experience also came in handy as he sought to create a visually appealing and friendly space. "I wanted to create a space that didn't exclude anybody from feeling comfortable," he said. "I think, ultimately, we've done a pretty good job of that."