COLONIE — A local businessman known for a series of successful nightclubs and a popular restaurant was struck and killed by a car outside his Troy-Schenectady Road restaurant Sunday evening.
Nicholas Huban, 69, was blowing leaves from his property while walking in the left, westbound lane when he was hit from behind by a car driven by a local man, police said.
The driver, Amar Khoukhi, 59, stopped immediately and tried to give cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Huban. Local paramedics took Huban to the hospital, but police said he died on the way.
Police said Khoukhi, who was traveling with a son riding as his passenger, cooperated with the investigation and neither speeding nor driver impairment are suspected in the crash.
The crash happened at about 7:27 p.m. near Huban’s business, On the Farm, a local restaurant that features ice cream and a variety of grilled foods at 273 Troy-Schenectady Road. During the winter, Huban would sell Christmas trees out of the parking lot, traveling up to Maine to personally select them.
Huban was familiar to many in the region for his work in the region’s nightclub scene. He owned Sneaky Pete’s on Latham Circle for years and, after a fire at the club, opened the restaurant in 1986, using land from his father’s farm.
Craig Allen, owner of All Star Wine and Spirits, met Huban when he worked as a club operator. The two became friends and Huban would still stop in once a week to say hello and chat with Allen’s staff. Though Huban had been a successful businessman for decades, you were likely to see him wearing jeans and work boots, Allen said.
“He’s going to be missed,” Allen said. “A lot of people are going to be shaken by this.”
Huban made two more runs with Sneaky Pete’s too, opening versions of the club on Broadway in Saratoga Springs and Central Avenue in Albany.
Bill Kennedy recalled walking in to the future site of Sneaky Pete’s on Central Avenue after graduating from college, hoping to land a job as a promoter. He ended up working for Huban for more than eight years before moving to Las Vegas. Huban was a father figure to him, a business owner who emphasized teaching staff to do things, “the right way,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said one of the legacy’s of Sneaky Pete’s and Huban was the sheer number of people who met their partner or spouse there, including himself. He’s even heard stories of children of couples who met at the Latham Circle location meeting their own partners decades later at the Albany club.
On a Sneaky Pete’s fan Facebook page, remembrances to Huban were pouring in from people praising him.
Huban’s real pride though was in his three children, Kennedy said.
“Nick loved his children more than anything,” he said. “I grieve for them the most.”
Earlier: On the Farm makes burgers, sandwiches adorned with local produce