Is the famous restaurant chain Six by Nico coming to Aberdeen?

Fans of the popular Six by Nico brand could be in for a treat as the restaurant group have filed a construction mandate to transform a former restaurant in Aberdeen.

The group, which was founded by chef Nico Simeone in Glasgow, has submitted plans to renovate the former Topolabamba building on Union Street in the city centre.

Best known for its affordable six-course themed tasting menu experience that changes every six weeks, it’s unclear if the restaurant group will use the space for its popular Six by Nico concept, or if it will be used for something else.

Nico Simeone in one of his restaurants. Photo credit: Rue David.

Speculation has swirled online over the past few days about a business opening in Aberdeen, but we’ve outlined everything we know for clarity.

What do we know?

We understand that the company has committed to the old Topolabamba building at 367 Union Street.

The application for the renovation of the place was submitted by Six by Nico on Thursday, December 23, 2021 and it is intended for commercial use.

A decision date has yet to be set and a decision has yet to be taken by the local authority.

Topolabamba in Aberdeen, Union Street.
Topolabamba in Aberdeen, Union Street.

We know that Six by Nico has submitted plans to renovate the interior of the existing restaurant. According to proposed plans they will add a new theater kitchen with extraction and other things including new sanitary facilities, new joinery and partitions and a new extraction to the toilets [all ventilation to use existing exit routes].

The company changed its business from Six by Nico (Nottinghill) Ltd to Six by Nico (Aberdeen) Ltd in October 2021.

What don’t we know?

It is unknown if the venue will be a Six by Nico restaurant or one of Nico’s other restaurants. The restaurateur has other places linked to the group including Beat: 6, 111 by Modou and Chateau-X.

It could also be a place that the company could later rent to another hotel company or sell at a later date.

No other plans have been announced by the brand for Aberdeen.

What is Six by Nico?

The restaurant brand has seen huge success with multiple locations now dotted across the county. Venue locations include Glasgow, Edinburgh, London – Canary Wharf and Fitzrovia, Manchester, Belfast and Dublin.

Its offering is based on creating affordable tasting menus (priced at £32 in Scotland) for individuals and customers can also sample paired wines for an additional £27.

The experience is themed and changes every six weeks.

Themes have included New York, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Paris, Guilty Pleasures, Catalonia, the Orient Express and Thai Street Food in the past.

It also successfully launched its Home by Nico and Home-X dine-in concept during the pandemic when restaurants closed.

The company has been approached for comment and has no comment at this time.

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