Nikki Ellis knows her limitations, or at least has learned them.
Mentally, she’s learned she has none.
It’s a lesson her father, Scott, taught her well, albeit via a different route than planned.
Scott, the longtime big honcho of Cables End Pub & Grill, died in January 2016 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Nikki, 35, is carrying on her father’s legacy at the popular west Greeley Italian restaurant.
Tuesday night, she carried his memory at Centennial Courts as a player in the Slaughter Roofing Cancer Tennis Tournament, beating Sharon Terry 7-5, 6-1 in the women’s 3.0 singles competition.
It’s been 16 years since Ellis played competitive tennis, but according to Terry, “she’s powerful.”
After learning of Ellis’ journey, Terry fought back tears, adding “I feel blessed to have been on the court with Nikki. She is a joy … a beautiful blessing to many.”
Ellis’ story begins with the memory of her father going to the doctor for a dry cough, but coming home being diagnosed with lung cancer.
“I worked with and for my dad for 20 years,” the gracious Ellis said. “The plan was always for me to take over the business … just not like this.”
Scott took on the disease with the same vigor he learned to put out a perfect pot of sauce or a made-to-order bowl of Gabagool.
“I have a picture of him when he was 30 in front of the (restaurant) at the 10th Street location,” Ellis said.
She keeps a steady vision of her father in her mind while tending to the restaurant’s daily duties or trying to run down one of Terry’s return shots.
“Well, I can’t move as fast as I used to,” joked Ellis, who played competitively for…
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