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Brian Bonar retires from finance to lead restaurants

When most people picture retirement, it’s playing with the grandkids, fishing, golfing, and perhaps some gardening. For finance expert and entrepreneur Brian Bonar, retiring from his post as CEO of Trucept Inc. provides more time to focus on his growing restaurant enterprises.

Bonar launched two restaurants in San Diego in the last few years, treating Escondido residents to fine dining prepared by one the two Master Chefs of France in San Diego. The Scottish entrepreneur tapped Patrick Ponsaty to create the cuisine for both ventures, his bistro, Bellamy’s, and the event space, the Ranch at Bandy Canyon.

Bellamy’s offers fine French cuisine you won’t find elsewhere. San Diego Magazine’s food critic, Troy Johnson, was over the moon to taste a a mille-feuille of bruléed apple slices topping layers of smoked eel and liver confit in pork fat. Mille-feuille is a rarity. He did note the decor had not changed since the restaurant’s former iteration.

Bonar envisions the Ranch at Bandy Canyon as a four-star event space featuring a signature restaurant. Currently, it’s a grassy 144-acre property where Ponsaty has been designing the perfect kitchen. Since its 2013 inception, Ponsaty has cooked at Bellamy’s to cater to the Bandy Canyon visitors. With construction on going at the Ranch and Bellamy’s needing a new look to match its breathtaking menu, Bonar has his “retirement” cut out for him.

His business experience places him in a prime place to succeed as a restaurateur. Although his experience lies in finance, his business acumen serves the administrative side of things. Bonar combines more than 30 years of finance and management experience with a Ph. D. Before serving at Trucept, he led Dalrada Financial Corporation as chairman and CEO. He also served as chairman and CEO of Smart-Tek Automated Services, Inc. and as president of Allegiant Professional Business Service Inc.