Chef Simeone opens restaurant in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter district
A Scottish-Italian chef has been revealed as the man behind the newest restaurant in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.
Nico Simeone, who owns eateries in Glasgow and Edinburgh, is opening Six by Nico next month in a £500,000 investment on Waring Street.
It's expected that up to 40 jobs will be created by the new venture.
Six by Nico will open in the premises recently vacated by Quartisan.
The former cafe and deli re-opened as a new licensed restaurant in February 2018, specialising in Mediterranean food with an Italian twist. However, the venue ceased trading in December.
Simeone has claimed that food fans in Belfast are in for "an unforgettable culinary experience".
"I have visited the city and I grew up with an understanding of the strong Ulster Scots connection," he said.
"Belfast is the perfect location for our next venture and I couldn't think of a better location than the vibrant food and drinks scene of the Cathedral Quarter. We are really looking forward to collaborating with local businesses and have people from the city join our team."
The chef said his new restaurant comes with a pioneering revolving menu, effectively reinventing itself every six weeks, serving a brand new six-course tasting menu, each one themed upon a different place, memory or idea.
Drawing inspiration from both at home and abroad, he said the different combination of ingredients, flavours and dishes has already gone down a storm in the Glasgow and Edinburgh food scene, invoking memories, stories and creating a brand new dining experience every six weeks.
One of the core avenues in the bustling Cathedral Quarter, Waring Street is already home to the Merchant Hotel.
Six by Nico could soon be joined by a new hotel next door.
Liverpool developer Lawrence Kenwright's company Signature Living acquired the old War Memorial building last March.
In June the firm submitted a planning application to turn it into a 43-bedroom hotel with restaurtant.
The plan for The Waring Hotel also provides for a rooftop bar.
Mr Kenwright applied for a liquor licence in September.