Brunson Says It's Business As Usual at Old Major, Two New Concepts Planned

A typical crowd at Old Major.
A typical crowd at Old Major.
Mark Manger
After reporting this morning that Katie O'Shea Padró and Juan Padró have have sold their stake in Old Major back to the restaurant, we spoke with owner/executive chef Justin Brunson about what the move means to the restaurant, as well as his plans for the rest of 2015. In terms of day-to-day operations, he notes, Katie O'Shea Padró was in charge of the books, so Brunson will now be relying on Steve Allee, who performs the same duties for Masterpiece Delicatessen, to help out at Old Major. Otherwise, he says, it's business as usual. He does make one correction to the report, stating "Juan was never my partner; it was just Katie."

The statement released by the Padrós on the ownership change indicates that they're planning to focus on Highland Tap & Burger, their restaurant just a few blocks from Old Major. Brunson is plenty busy himself; in addition to running Old Major and two locations of Masterpiece Deli, he recently consulted on the menu at the new Prospect neighborhood hangout Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, opened by Tavern Hospitality Group. "They're a really cool bunch of guys over there," says Brunson. "It was great working with them."

Brunson says he's working on two new concepts that he'll unveil in June and September of this year, but because they're still in the planning stages, he explains that he can't talk about the locations or details yet.

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