Nick’s Neighbourhood Bar & Diner
Just re-opened with a flourish and a massive new injection of new warmth, colour and personality, creating a fun, welcoming space is Nick’s Neighbourhood Bar & Diner in Hyndland Road, Glasgow.
The project involved the refurbishment of an Italian restaurant and bar to create a new family-friendly bar and diner.
The venue, which is located on the ground floor of a Glasgow tenement, includes a bar area and mezzanine level restaurant, with a total floor area of approximately 150 sq m.
The project was overseen by Surface-id, with Donaldson Construction as main contractors.
Courtney Reid of Surface-id said: “We oversaw a complete overhaul of an existing restaurant which lacked warmth, comfort and personality. The main objective was to create a fun, welcoming space for all to enjoy, which we are pleased to have achieved.”
Big changes in the layout and use of the space included moving the accessible WC, building a new staircase to the mezzanine and also removing a large store room directly above the bar in the centre of the space – which all helped to improve the overall flow of the interior and create better visibility right through the ground floor to the mezzanine.
Courtney Reid added: “From the outside in, pops of colour have been introduced through big design features such as the new eye catching glazed balustrade, bar gantry and cosy fixed seating.”
The warm, welcoming atmosphere has been created through the use of vibrant lighting and fun elements such as the diner style sundae station and cheese wheel, to offer an exciting, memorable experience.
Courtney Reid said: “We were keen to celebrate Nick’s location within a Glasgow tenement, so exposed the lovely sandstone and red brick walls. One of the brick walls was clad with big chunky planks of rough, untreated timber which we took down and re-used throughout the new design in elements such as the bar front and parts of the seating and tables.”
The tenement frontage of the building also received a new fresh paint finish, using colour to highlight the windows and entrance, along with new signage, lighting and decoration, as well as maintenance of the existing ivy on the face of the building.
One of the main challenges of the project was the venue’s location within a residential area with flats above, so working hours were restricted.
Courtney Reid concluded: “Along with attracting a new range of customers, it has been a pleasure to see Nick’s regulars enjoy the new space as much as we enjoyed designing and creating it.”
As part of its new look, Nick’s has introduced: The MEGA CRUST pizza – the best in the west, with its 72 hour proven pizza dough and a crust so good it needs to be dipped!; The Cheese Wheel pasta, with pasta tossed in a giant 35kg wheel of parmesan served at the table with a choice of toppings; a brand new Make Your Own Sundae station; a bigger bar, showing all the big sports and TV events, and Little Nick’s – the home of kids parties in the West End with DIY pizza parties, cartoons, giant chalkboard and goody bags.