Chick ‘n’ Sours operations director Ben Shaughnessy has stepped down after just 18 months in the role, MCA understands.

Shaughnessy, formerly chief executive officer of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group Australia, joined the London-based chicken concept in September 2018, following the opening of its third site in Islington.

Last week, the Active-Partners backed group announced the conversion of that same site to it’s quick-service spin-off concept, Chik’n.

Co-founders David Wolanski and Carl Clarke told MCA’s sister title, Big Hospitality, that the Islington site was originally intended to open as Chik’n when they signed for it two years ago, but they opted to launch it as a Chick ‘n’ Sours restaurant instead.

After opening the first CHIK’N restaurant on Baker Street in 2017, a second site launched on Wardour Street in May last year, and former Pizza Express operations manager Jon Green has since been brought on as managing director to help oversee further expansion plans for the concept.

The closure of the Islington site will leave Chick ‘n’ Sours with three London restaurants in Haggerston, Seven Dials and Spitalfields.