2013-10-21 / Local News

THE BIG EASY

New restaurant opening
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Staff Writer

A little bit of New Orleans is coming to Gaffney.

Co-owner Marcus McCall plans to open a restaurant at the former Varsity Square on Floyd Baker Boulevard.

The restaurant will be named appropriately enough “The Big Easy” and offer entrees such as Cajun-style crawfish étouffée, gumbo and jambalaya, as well as “po boy” sandwiches and alligator.

McCall, in the restaurant business for 17 years, said he fell in love with cajun dishes as the executive chef of the popular “The Back Porch,” a cajun eatery in Spartanburg.

Not only the food, but the interior of the building will scream New Orleans with fresh strokes of paint in Mardi Gras colors of purple and yellow.

The entrees will be reasonably priced, starting as low as $6.

For those who prefer a little less spicy dishes, McCall said the restaurant will also serve ribs.

McCall hopes to open the restaurant by mid-December to catch the holiday crowd.

“It all depends how the licensing goes, but I’m shooting for Dec. 15,” he said.

He’s also hoping to provide live entertainment — yes New Orleans -style — on the weekends.

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