It all started at Valerie's Restaurant.
Marc Saulnier’s grandparents opened Valerie’s in Ogunquit in 1947. The iconic restaurant remained in the family until his parents sold it 50 years later in 1996.
At age 8, Marc launched into the restaurant world washing dishes on a milk cart. He worked his way up up the ranks, first bussing tables, then cooking and bartending and finally landing in management.
An energetic young woman was hired to bus and wait tables at Valerie’s in 1983. Her name was Jennifer. Marc and Jennifer met over a stack of plates and forks and the rest is history. After their first son was born, Jennifer remained at the restaurant as hostess and pastry chef. Marc and Jennifer continued to work together until the sale in 1996.
Marc transitioned into the telecommunications industry, and remains in that industry as owner of Diverse Networks which he purchased in 2005. Jennifer continued in the hospitality path working in guest relations for The Ogunquit River Plantation and The York Harbor Inn.
Ever since Marc walked out the restaurant door for the last time in 1996, he always wanted to get back into the business. Just like his grandfather and father before him, it was time for Marc to have a place he could call his own. True to their Greek heritage, Marc and Jennifer have wanted to share their love of Mediterranean cuisine. With their two sons, Nikolas & Christianos now grown, the timing was right for Nikanos.
Welcome and enjoy.
Chef Mark Segal
Mark Segal comes to Nikanos as the Chef / Owner of Gravy Catering and Consulting in Dover, New Hampshire. Previously he was the Corporate Chef for Tinios Hospitality (The Galley Hatch, Popovers on the Square, Grill 28, Tinos), Executive Chef at Demeters Steakhouse, Executive Chef at the One Hundred Club, Executive Chef at Pesce Blue, all in Portsmouth, NH. Chef Segal grew up in the restaurant business and has been a chef for over 30 years.
Chef Segal is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he is a member of Slow Food USA, the James Beard Foundation, and Chaine de Rotisseurs, a former Board Member for Share Our Strength Seacoast, a member and former co-leader for Chefs Collaborative Seacoast, a nominee and former National Advisory Board Member for Best Chefs in America. He is a three-time nominee for Seacoast Spotlight Best Chef. He has worked with educational organizations such as the University of New Hampshire Hospitality Management Program, the Obama administrations “Let’s Move” initiative, and the New Hampshire Fisheries Department.
Chef Segal is driven by a desire to connect the sources of our food with the people who consume that food, continuing to both inspire and be inspired by others in the culinary community and beyond.