David Crabtree, who stepped down as chief executive of Atmosphere Bar and Clubs earlier this year, has joined Spirit Pub Company as operations director for its City and Urban pubs division, M&C Report has learnt. Crabtree, who was also previously an operations director at Yates Group and a regional director at Pizza Hut UK, will oversee Spirit’s Original Pub Company and Taylor Walker brands. Spirit currently operates 22 sites under the Original format and 110 Taylor Walkers. The company expects to grow the brands to 150 and 175 sites respectively. Crabtree, who was chief executive of Atmosphere’s predecessor company 3D Entertainment for a number of years, was replaced at the late-night operator by former JD Wetherspoon chief operating officer Paul Harbottle.