Beef O'Brady's

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Beef 'O' Brady's restaurant in Centerville, Ohio

Beef 'O'Brady's Family Sports Pubs is a restaurant franchise in the United States established in 1985 by Jim Mellody in Brandon, Florida.[1]

Jim Mellody moved from his native Pennsylvania to Florida in 1971, and tried numerous restaurant ideas before hitting on the concept of a family friendly (no hard liquor) Irish pub theme. Founded in 1985, by August 2000 it had grown to 40 locations.[2] When founder Mellody died in November 2002, the chain had grown to 88 locations within seven southeastern U.S. states,[1][3][4] and by December 2005 it had 183 locations in 19 states.[5]

In 1998, Mellody sold most of his interest to Family Sports Concepts Inc., headed by Chuck Winship, but retained an interest in 13 locations.[2][3][5] After Mellody's death, the remaining interest was bought out.[6] As of 2009, Mellody's daughter still ran the original Brandon location.[6]

In early April 2010, CEO Chuck Winship retired from Beef 'O' Brady's, and was replaced by Chris Elliot former executive of Cinnabon and Church's Chicken.

As of January 2011, the Beef O Brady's franchise has 215 locations in many different states, which are mostly located in the Gulf/Southern Coast of the United States. Beef O Brady's shares its name with the defunct brand of canned soup.

In October 2012, Beef O Brady's was ranked in the top 12 worst SBA loan failure rates. [7]

Beef 'O'Brady's was the title sponsor of the annual St. Petersburg Bowl, held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida from 2009 to 2013.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Restaurant Owner Founded Beef 'O'Brady's". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 26, 2002. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Andrew Meadows (August 12, 2000). "Beef 'O'Brady's 'Bama bound". The Tampa Tribune. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Jim Mellody, founder of the Beef 'O'Brady's family sports pub chain". Nation's Restaurant News. November 26, 2002. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ Michael Sandler (November 25, 2002). "Jim Mellody, who founded Beef 'O' Brady's". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Carolyne Park (December 16, 2005). "Beef 'O'Brady's market push". Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Margaret Cashill (January 29, 2009). "Owner operators advance ‘family’ philosophy". Tampa Bay Business Journal. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ Courtney Rubin (August 8, 2012). "Which Franchises Are the Biggest Failures?". OpenForum.Com. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Beef O'Brady's Bowl". Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "'O' No! Beef 'O' Brady's to drop sponsorship of local bowl game". Retrieved June 18, 2014. 

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