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‘SIX BY NICO’ INVESTS HALF A MILLION POUNDS OPENING NEW RESTAURANT IN BUSTLING CATHERDRAL QUARTER

‘SIX BY NICO’ INVESTS HALF A MILLION POUNDS OPENING NEW RESTAURANT IN BUSTLING CATHERDRAL QUARTER

Renowned Scottish-Italian chef, Nico Simeone, is set to introduce his Glasgow and Edinburgh dining concept ‘Six by Nico’ to Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

‘Six by Nico’ Belfast will be the third addition to the growing restaurant portfolio, taking Nico’s conceptual restaurant idea out of Scotland for the first time and placing it in the bustling Cathedral Quarter.

With the opening, comes exciting new job prospects and there are plans in place to create 40 news jobs in the local area.

Chef Nico Simeone said, “We are very excited to bring an unforgettable culinary experience to Belfast. I have visited the city and I grew up with an understanding of the strong Ulster Scots connection. 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 £500,000 investment will bring the introduction of a pioneering revolving culinary hub as every six weeks, Nico and his team will re-invent the wheel – 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, Nico and his team will combine different ingredients, flavours, and dishes, to bring memories and stories creating a brand-new dining experience every 6 weeks.

The creative and ever-evolving six course set menu, is priced at £28 per person which has gone down a storm in the Glasgow and Edinburgh food scene and Six By Nico believe this will be a great price point for diners in the city.

Six by Nico will open its doors on Waring Street in March 2019, becoming the latest addition to the city’s burgeoning restaurant and bar scene. From creative menu concepts to outstanding food and service, the venue will aim to become an immediate hit with the people of Belfast.

 

HOME SWEET HOME FOR HISTORIC DONEGAL STEAM ENGINE

HOME SWEET HOME FOR HISTORIC DONEGAL STEAM ENGINE

Veteran Donegal steam locomotive No. 4 Meenglas is set to return home to Londonderry shortly following a major facelift at Whitehead railway works. Meenglas is due to arrive by low-loader at the Foyle Valley Railway Museum in Derry next week, more than a year after it left the city for Whitehead.

A welcome home ceremony is planned at Foyle Valley Railway Museum for Wednesday January 30 at 12 noon. The red-liveried 40-ton locomotive, which has been given a cosmetic overhaul by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI), will then go on display at the Derry museum.

Dermot O’Hara, manager of Destined, the Derry-based charity that owns the railway museum, said the occasion would be “a red-letter day”. Funding for the overhaul was awarded to Destined by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Mr O’Hara said that the unveiling on January 30 would mark the launch of an exclusive video and railway information booklet about the North-West, heralding the start of a new railway preservation society in Derry.

He added: “Destined will be screening an excerpt from a new video made by members of the charity along with local schoolchildren. It involves a series of interviews with local people who either worked on the railway, travelled on it or who have fond memories of it.

“We are also making plans for a major programme to mark the 60th anniversary in 2019 of the closure of the Co. Donegal Railway. This will be done in partnership with Donegal Railway Restoration in Donegal Town.”

Meenglas, which was originally constructed in 1907 as a narrow gauge locomotive by Nasmyth Wilson of Glasgow, is not capable of being steamed at present, but Foyle Valley Railway said that it was not ruling it out as a long-term option.

Peter Scott from the RPSI said: “The requirement was to restore Meenglas to displayable condition pending funding for full restoration. While the locomotive may not yet be ready for traffic, it certainly no longer looks like the derelict item it was when it arrived at Whitehead.

He added: “Extensive repairs were carried out to the side tanks and bunker, which were full of gaping holes. The smokebox and chimney also had to be repaired, while the cab had to be rebuilt. We made new boiler cladding, a new dome cover, dummy safety valves and whistle – both the latter look the part but won’t actually function.”

Rebecca Laverty, Museum Administrator at Whitehead Railway Museum, which is wrapped round the workshops, said: “Our visitors have been intrigued to see work in progress on this attractive steam locomotive. It almost looks as though Meenglas is ready to steam down the track! We will miss our little visitor once it goes home.”

Work has been carried out over the past 14 months by professional staff from Heritage Engineering Ireland, the RPSI’s engineering subsidiary, apprentices and RPSI volunteers.