Craig Applegate

Your name and where you’re (originally) from?

Craig Applegate, born and raised in Carlsbad

Name of business/company that you work for, or own?

Co-Owner/CEO of Blacktop Restaurant Group which currently owns and operates 5 Board & Brew restaurants.

How long you’ve been working / how’d you get started?

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 about your job?

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.

Interesting fact about yourself?

Played in the Jr Olympic men’s volleyball team

Favorite local place to eat?

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!

Why do you enjoy being a part of a cowork environment (at BLOC)?

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.

Anything else you want to add?

Look for some new concepts & locations coming from the crew at Blacktop soon!