Beef ‘O’ Brady’s has closed its doors in Baxter Village.
A sign on the door says the restaurant is no longer operating as of Nov. 7 and thanks patrons for their business. The sign also says there is more information on the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Facebook page, but it appears the page for the Baxter restaurant has been deactivated.
Owners Mike and Lisa Hunt decided to make a change when their lease came due.
“We’ve been here for 14 years,” Mike Hunt said. “We had a pretty good run. We just finally decided it was just time.”
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The restaurant closing isn’t a total departure from food.
“We’re going to pursue our Red Oak BBQ and Catering company,” Hunt said. “We’ve been heading that way anyway. It’s kind of a passion of mine and my wife’s.”
Mike Martoccia, Baxter resident and activities director for the community, said the Hunts and their restaurant were major parts of the growing area. Though he is pleased service will continue through the catering company.
“Beef ‘O’ Brady’s will truly be missed by everyone of all ages,” Martoccia said. “They were the anchor for businesses here in Town Center years ago when it was just getting developed.”
The restaurant provided more than just food in Baxter, he said.
“Mike and his team were also one of the biggest contributors to Baxter Village’s 20 annual events and activities, providing sponsorships and resources that will be tough to replace,” Martoccia said.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s had its name printed on more than one youth sports jersey or school function listing. Hunt said being active in the community was, and still will be, important to him.
“We've tried to remain very committed to our involvement in the local community and local schools,” Hunt said, “and that will continue.”
For more on the catering business, visit redoakbarbeque.com.