A Table For Everyone

The Nicollet Diner owners Sam Turner and Dion Coker. Photo by Mike Hnida
The Nicollet Diner owners Sam Turner and Dion Coker. Photo by Mike Hnida

The Nicollet Diner owners Sam Turner and Dion Coker. Photo by Mike Hnida


The Nicollet Diner is known for its all-day eats, delicious bakery, and new cabaret. Now it’s being recognized for its contributions to the LGBTQ+ community.

When you think of the Nicollet Diner, you might think of its generous portions of eggs, pancakes, french toast, and other breakfast delicacies. Or you might think of a drunken late-night outing with friends, looking for heaps of carbs to soak up the booze. Or, as of late, you might think of the new Roxy’s Cabaret. No matter what memories you’ve made—and have yet to make—at the Nicollet Diner, one thing remains constant: You’re always welcome.

The Nicollet Diner is being recognized with a Lavender Community Award for supporting the LGBTQ+ community through sports, activities, and fundraising, as well as its ongoing commitment to employing and providing leadership opportunities for folx in the LGBTQ+ community.

We have always worked to create a safe and inclusive space for all. This award is a sign that we are on the right track. Being a part of the LGBTQ+ community and being recognized by our community for good work is incredibly humbling,” says owner/founder Sam Turner.

As the Nicollet Diner staff prepare to move and expand late this summer, Turner says they are excited to include Roxy’s Cabaret in its operation, which will produce entertainment that is inclusive and caters to the LGBTQ+ community.

“We sincerely appreciate the support of the community since we opened in 2014. It’s been a big part of our success and are excited to continue serving the community in our new space,” Turner says.

For more information about the Nicollet Diner, visit thenicolletdiner.com.

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