Scott Macdonald switches to Polpo just weeks after big Revolution unveil

Scott Macdonald, director of food

Former Bill’s managing director Scott Macdonald has been named the new managing director of Polpo – just five weeks after Revolution Bars Group announced him as its director of food.

Macdonald’s time at the bar and restaurant chain, where he was brought in to reinforce the development of its food offering across the entire Revolution and Revolución de Cuba estate, has proved to be short-lived after he agreed to link up with Polpo.

“Scott will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team and we’re pleased to be working with him to drive the company forward – starting with the opening of Polpo in Oxford later this year,” stated Richard Beatty co-founder of Polpo.

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Polpo has been trading for eight years and has eight sites split between London, Brighton and Bristol. It serves small, tasty plates based on the Venetian ‘bacaro’.

It had looked like Macdonald’s future lay with Revolution Bars Group when he was unveiled at the start of May to oversee concept innovation and support the 70-strong chain’s next stage of growth.

“Scott will be instrumental in further enhancing food innovation within the group. His wealth of experience and fresh approach will support Revolution’s continued growth as we move forward and further develop our food offering,” said Revolution CEO Mark McQuaer at the time.

McDonald has an abundance of experience working within the hospitality sector, most notably from his time at Bill’s where he served as managing director.

During his time at the chain, he was involved in the roll-out of 68 restaurants in the space of just four years.

He is understood to be taking up the role with Polpo later this month.

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