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'People here care about you more than you know'

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Palomino executive chef Adam Jones (left) presents Nicholas Siemion (right) with a new autographed Gibson guitar.
SEATTLE -- A man who was stabbed in a Seattle park two months ago was welcomed back to work Tuesday with a huge surprise.

Until co-workers saw our hospital interview, the bus boy's hardships had remained under wraps.

We last saw Nicholas Siemion at Harborview Medical Center looking pale and weak and recovering from stab wounds to his stomach.

An argument over an unleashed dog turned bloody on Mother's Day in Cal Anderson Park. Siemion, who often played guitar in the park, just had his tubes removed Monday.

"Physically, I feel much better," he said.

But mentally, he has a ways to go.

"Sometimes can't help walking down the street and looking over your shoulder," he said.

Siemion says he's no longer angry at the jailed man accused of assaulting him two months ago. And in that time, Siemion's boss at Palomino restaurant held his busser's job for him.

Tuesday, he shared lunch with the GM, his first time sitting in a booth instead of cleaning it.

"People here care about you more than you know," said Palomino general manager Paul Evans.

But what the boss and staff didn't know, is that this 26-year-old who'd bus tables for hours without complaining, doesn't have a home.

"When I saw your piece and saw that he lived out of his truck, I got goose bumps thinking about it, that's how humble he is," Evans said.

To show their support, the executive chef from San Francisco gave up a guitar.

"I had an extra Gibson laying around for you and had everybody sign it," Adam Jones said.

And the team took up a collection that corporate matched, presenting him with a check for $11,000 to help get him back on his feet.

"Oh my God!" Siemion said.

Today, Nick Siemion still doesn't have a home but he does have a family. He plans to return to bussing tables this weekend and hopes to be promoted to a server.