ABOUT

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NICO is an upbeat oyster bar serving French cuisine carefully prepared in a wood-fired oven. With ingredients sourced from the waters of the Lowcountry and a curated selection of the country’s most coveted raw oysters, French Master Chef Nico Romo offers a fresh take on seafood for Charleston's iconic Shem Creek. 

 

To see how we curated our oyster selection check out

THE NICO OYSTER HUNT

 

 

 

OUR TEAM

 

 

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Nico Romo | Chef/Owner

What is the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth?

A fish eye 

Last time you screamed at the top of your lungs?

30 minutes ago, and probably 30 minutes before that, too

What is your biggest screw up in the kitchen/restaurant?

I ran out of turkey for an event, so went and got more, and fried it in the back of my car while driving back

Most useless talent that you have?

I can grab anything with toes 

What makes you feel like a child again?

My kids


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Eric Williams | Executive Chef

What is the first cd you ever bought?

CD: Def Leppard Pyromania /// Tape: LL Cool J

Food you hide in the closet to eat?

CiCi’ s pizza and sliders from Arby’s 

What is your spirit animal?

A salamander, they are fireproof. I have always felt a connection to them since I was young. My father was a fireman and a salamander was a symbol on his truck. I have been in a lot of firey situations that I was able to walk away from, so I consider myself somewhat fireproof.


What is your biggest screw up in the kitchen/restaurant?

Mistakes are made daily, but it helps find a problem to a solution, making you stronger to adapt and overcome. The biggest mistake is not being able to find a solution. I did cut two tips of my fingers off once while stacking shitake mushrooms and talking. I looked down and saw my fingers on the other side of the chef knife. 

When was the last time you stopped to smell the flowers?

A lot, you should go through my camera it is filled with pictures of flowers, I love them. Call me pansy if you want, but I am frog on a lily pad who loves looking at flowers. 
 


Deena Versanszki | General Manager

What is your pets name?

In order of appearance, Joshua, Rita, Rudy, Goliath, Bear, Lilo, Johnny and Kyra, this does not include the dozens of unplanned baby hamsters. Sadly at the moment we don’t have any. 

What is the weirdest thing you have ever put in your mouth?

A cheesy nacho with a wasp on top… totally incidental.

Guilty pleasure food?

Cold mushroom and pepperoni pizza.

What crazy thing will you never do again??

Walk up steps for 2 hours to go down the world’s tallest water slide… nope… never… ever… again! I would rather live.


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Matthew Ward | Sous Chef

When is the last time you screamed at the top of your lungs?

When I rode “Top Thrill Dragster” at Cedar Point Amusement Park.

What is the ugliest thing that you own?

I have a few band t-shirts that I love that I have had for about 15 years that my wife hates. For better or for worse, right?

What makes you feel like a child again?

Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones and Hot Dogs.

How many oysters can you shuck in 8 minutes?

Eight minutes does not seem like a long time for shucking oysters.  If I spend 7-10 seconds per oyster, that is 6ish per minute. Math.

What is your spirit animal?

Most likely an Alpaca. 


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Sean Ferneau | Manager

Food that you hide in the closet to eat?

Bagel Bites.

What crazy thing will you never do again?

Even attempt a Bon Appetit recipe.

Do you like pineapple on your pizza?

Do I look like a monster?

Dumbest way you have been injured.

Spraining my hand while falling on a party bus. I was with Bo Silliman; it was his fault.

What do you hate for no reason?

Football. And those trashy toothpicks with the cellophane at the end. And when dudes call me “buddy.” And fist-bumping.

 
 

NONPROFITS & AFFILIATIONS

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Seafood Watch

 
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We Are Family

 
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WINGS for Kids

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