Sixco Group, the owner of Six by NICO restaurants, has revealed plans to expand its footprint by opening new restaurants across the UK as well as in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the company’s plan, it will open four new restaurants, as well as introduce new bar and bakery ventures, in the UK in the first half of the year.

To boost its international presence, the company is also planning to open a new outlet in Dubai by the end of the year.

Sixco Group chairman Rob Wirszycz was quoted by various media agencies as saying: “Nico’s genius in coming up with the concept of fixed-price, six-course tasting menus that change every six weeks has struck a resounding chord with the dining public.

“Crucially, thanks to our core strategy of building customer loyalty, we emerged strongly from the pandemic and now have a fast-expanding database of more than 550,000 engaged and active customers, all literally hungry for the experiences we deliver.

“Our headcount has expanded to over 500 colleagues, despite the well-known challenges the industry has faced in recruitment and retention, and our employee benefits are highly competitive.”

The restaurant company has recovered from the restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic and reported a turnover of nearly £31m for the year to June 2022.

Additionally, the company has received a commitment of £11.5m in funding from challenger bank ThinCats, which will be used to support its planned expansion strategy.

Six by Nico founder and CEO Nico Simeone said: “While Covid was a huge challenge, we’ve bounced back very strongly, thanks to our amazingly loyal customer base who stayed with us through the lockdowns and have returned to our restaurants in phenomenal numbers.

“That’s down to our dedicated and hard-working team who have been absolutely brilliant – delivering consistent creativity and fun experiences day-in, day-out.”