Beef O’Brady’s was founded by Jim Mellody in Brandon, Florida, in 1985. Mellody wanted to create a restaurant with an Irish pub feel, but one that was geared towards family. After several tries, Mellody created the no-liquor, Beef O’Brady’s. In 1998, Melody sold the majority of the business to Family Sports Concepts, Inc. After Mellody passed away in 2002, his daughter sold all remaining locations, with the exception of the original restaurant.
Today, the company has 215 locations, most of them franchised, in the Southern states and Florida. Beef O’Brady’s is headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Several locations were recently shut down due to insect infestation, but the company is assuring its customers that they are confident that exterminators have taken care of the problem.