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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s not replacing chief concept officer

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s said it has decided not to replace its head of product development and instead is dividing the duties among other officers.

The duties previously held by Scott Taylor, who left his position as the family sports bar chain’s chief concept officer in October, are being handled by chief executive Chris Elliot and chief development officer James Walker, a spokeswoman said.

The company said Taylor left to pursue other interests.

Elliott joined the 238-unit chain of family sports bars earlier this year following its takeover by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners of Los Angeles. He previously had worked at such chains as Cinnabon, Church’s Chicken and El Pollo Loco.

Elliott hired Walker, who was previously at Baja Fresh.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s recently told Nation’s Restaurant News that it was exploring nontraditional venues such as colleges, airports and travel plazas, some of which Walker said might require development of a menu for breakfast, which few restaurants in the chain currently offer.

Taylor had been appointed chief concept officer by Elliott in June. Previously, he had spent 18 months as the chain’s chief operating officer. Before that he spent four years as Beef ‘O’ Brady’s senior vice president of development. He joined the company in November 2002 as vice president of operations and franchise sales.

Prior to that, Taylor was senior director of operations at Shells Seafood Restaurants in Tampa, Fla.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected].

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