Craig Applegate, born and raised in Carlsbad
Co-Owner/CEO of Blacktop Restaurant Group which currently owns and operates 5 Board & Brew restaurants.
Have been involved with Blacktop for about 5 years now but have been involved in the restaurant industry for 18 years now. It all started with the classic Olyos Pizza in Encinitas and then my partner and I were working together at a local restaurant and decided to partner because of the same drive, passion and ambition.
Best part of my job is having no day be the same, being around awesome people all day and more importantly creating opportunity for people.
Played in the Jr Olympic men’s volleyball team
I’d have to say Board & Brew is my favorite spot to eat but if I had to choose somewhere else it would be Fish 101. I could eat their poke bowl everyday!
I love BLOC because it allows me to have a centralized hub and really focus on growing our business in an environment that is conducive to creativity, thought and great energy. The other members all bring so much to the table in regards to resources needed and are also just great humans to shoot the shit with when needing a mental break. The environment is also so stress free and relaxed.
Look for some new concepts & locations coming from the crew at Blacktop soon!