Posted: 6:45 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014

Centerville pub changes name, goes independent

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By Mark Fisher

Staff Writer

CENTERVILLE —

The franchise owner of the Beef O’Brady’s restaurant and bar at 953 S. Main St. in Centerville is splitting from the sports bar chain and changing the pub’s name to Tavern on Main.

“The 10-year franchise agreement expired,” said John Hughes, who purchased the Beef O’Brady’s franchise from Bill DeFries two and a half years ago. “There’s no bad blood. Beef’s was very good to us.”

The change to the Centerville pub has no impact on the existing Beef O’Brady’s in Beavercreek, which is still operated by DeFries, Hughes said. The Tampa-based chain operates more than 200 pubs in the U.S.

The chain’s signage has been removed — “We de-Beefed it,” Hughes said — but it will be several weeks before the new Tavern on Main signage is put up.

A menu transition is underway, and will focus on American cuisine with an emphasis on farm-to-table locally sourced foods, the pub owner said. “It will be a little more upscale than Beef’s,” he said.

Sunday, May 4 will be the last day that the restaurant will accept Beef O’Brady’s coupons, gift cards, gift certificates or discount card.

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