Merging a simple barbecue and crabshack concept with an urban West End setting, Big Easy will open on Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, in February 2014. Taking inspiration from its King’s Road sibling, the new venue will offer authentic barbecue and seafood dishes from a kitchen run by executive chef, Kenny Callaghan.

The Big Easy site is located in a former electrical power station built in 1883, which was owned by the Gatti Brothers and first used to light their own restaurant, The Adelaide on the Strand. The interior will honour the building’s original heritage, retaining many authentic features. Exposed timber beams and Big Easy appeal – such as neon lobsters, Americana and nautical touches – will add to the charm. The restaurant’s awe-inspiring space is set over three floors and covers 10,000ft².

Big Easy founder, Paul Corrett, says: “As London’s love of barbecue, lobsters and steaks continues, I am absolutely thrilled to offer the evolution of the Big Easy to Covent Garden. No-one in London is cooking with wood and charcoal in such an unprecedented way.

“Fresh barbecue straight from the smoker is the holy grail for barbecue aficionados, and we are aiming to provide local residents, workers and visitors alike, with the most comprehensive genuine, quality US-style barbecue and seafood dining experience in the UK. This will truly be a return to extravagant social dining of a bygone age, with great food, drinks and music, in a relaxed, vibrant and unforgettable setting.”