We next see an attractive woman, Rica (Valentina Cortese) , sauntering towards the Oregon Restaurant to the strains of a popular tune of the day - "I'll never be the same", perhaps anticipating the turn for the better her life will make in the movie.
Then ... Note the number 524 on the door.
Rica strikes up a conversation with Nick who is almost out on his feet as he downs coffee to stay awake while waiting for his trucker partner Ed to arrive with his truckload of apples.
Then ... Unbeknownst to Nick she has been hired by Mike Figlia and his cronies to distract him while they sell off his apples. It's not specifically mentioned but it's obvious she's a lady of the night. She offers Nick the use of her hotel room to get some sleep and he reluctantly accepts. Below, they are seen at the corner of Oregon and Front with the restaurant behind them.