A Tampa-based chain of taverns is disputing its Bradenton franchise, which closed and rebranded without due notice or an opportunity for the parent company to buy back the business.
World of Beer is a group of brewpubs founded in part by Paul Avery and Ben Novello, two veterans of the Outback Steakhouse chain.
In 2009, the first World of Beer opened at the address in question, 8217 Tourist Center Dr. in Bradenton. Three years later, SRQBeer secured World of Beer franchise rights. SRQBeer is co-owned by Dean Lambert and Dr. Mark Broderick. World of Beer is currently headquartered at 10910 Sheldon Rd. in Tampa.
On Jan 19, 2017, SRQBeer notified World of Beer Franchising — the plaintiff in the suit — it would be closing that Bradenton location.
A day later, World of Beer representatives learned through articles in both the Bradenton Herald and Sarasota Herald-Tribune that SRQBeer agreed to let Jeremy “JDub” Joerger reopen the site almost immediately as a JDub’s Dub Shack.
World of Beer filed an action in Hillsborough County Circuit Court asking the court to block the move. In the suit first filed Jan 27, it says SRQBeer breached its franchise contract by closing the tavern, failing to give World of Beer the right of first refusal to either buy or assign it.
In a January 31 court order, Judge Steven Scott Stephens scheduled a hearing on World of Beer’s “Emergency Amended Ex Parte Motion for Temporary Injunction” request for 9:30 a.m. February 10.
The Herald-Tribune also reported on a separate Bradenton World of Beer location at 497 Cortez Road W, which opened in 2015 and recently closed.