Venue Review: Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
The Charlotte Observer
Nikko Restaurant owner Joanna Nix calls her new South End location "Super Nikko."
For those who were regulars at the old location across the street, "Super Nikko" is a pretty apt description for the new restaurant, on the street level of the Arlington (the "pink building").
The old location was cozy -- if not cramped -- with about 10 tables, while the new spot is large and expansive.
There are more than 200 tables; soaring, exposed ceilings; and windows that stretch the length of the restaurant.
It has the feel of a trendy New York City nightclub, with silver walls, iridescent blue sushi bar and dark wood bar stools wrapped in white leather.
The interior design was done by Overcash-Demmitt Architects in conjunction with Tom Long.
Despite the posh interior, some things haven't changed. Nix still wears her trademark cowboy hat and feather boa, carries a tambourine and encourages guests to dance and order sake bombs.
Nix even has a small platform with spotlights near the front of the restaurant where she dances for customers.
As for the old location, Nix says she is keeping it for something she promises to be "hot and sexy."
***Know Your Nikko***
"Super Nikko" has quickly become one of the center city's places to see and be seen. It's usually packed with beautiful people or those who think they're beautiful.The restaurant serves sushi until midnight and is smoke-free, but be prepared to wait more than an hour if you go between 8 and 10 on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights.
But heads up: There's another Nikko in the Ballantyne Commons East Shopping Center. And a Niko's Grill off Billy Graham near the airport.
Want more info on the South End hot spot? nikkosushibar.net.