Hickory’s Smokehouse, the Piper-backed BBQ and smokehouse concept, saw turnover climb from £12.8m to £14.4m in the year to 30 April 2016, the first full year after it received a £6m investment from the private equity group, MCA understands.

Group EBITDA before exceptional costs for the year stood at £1.33m.

The group currently operates five sites having opened two in Burton Green and Wall Heath since the investment from Piper, whilst closing one in Wall Heath after it was devastated by a major fire last August. This site is due to re-open this summer

The brand’s next site in Castle Bromwich will open next month February and it is thought that the company has further sites in the pipeline in the Midlands and the North.

The company will launch a new look at its largest site to date in Castle Bromwich as it targets growth to a 12-strong estate by 2019.

Director John Welsh told MCA that the group would continue to focus on locations away from high streets and city centres with target areas as far north as York and south into the Midlands.

Hickory’s was founded in Chester by Neil McDonnell in 2010 following extensive research into the American BBQ and smokehouse sector, which included touring the southern US states in 2009.

It also has restaurants in Chester, West Kirby and Rhos-on-Sea.

Neil McDonnell said: “We are very happy with the latest figures and particularly encouraged by the fantastic response Hickory’s receives from guests both old and new. We look forward to bringing Hickory’s to more communities in the coming year.”