My love for food and passion for people was spurred at an early age. Growing up in an Italian household, Sunday dinner was a tradition in our home. It was a day that we all came together and put everything else on hold to enjoy an awesome meal and spend time with one another. It involved a full day of cooking followed by several hours around the table with the family where we would catch up, listen to our grandparents tell stories and of course, wait patiently for dessert. On mom's side, my grandparents owned a diner on main street in the small town where she grew up. On dad's side, my grandparents met as children in the kitchen of the pizzeria that their fathers owned together. I guess you can say this business is in my blood — mom always does.
Throughout high school I worked at Rudino's where I first realized my passion for the business. While attending East Carolina, I spent three years with Oh! Brian's where I was given the opportunity to serve as kitchen manager. Upon graduation in 2002 with a BS in Hospitality Management, I returned home to the Triangle where I spent another two years with Oh! Brian's in Durham as the bar and service manager. I was then approached by Rudino's and asked to come back to serve as the GM of the RTP location; and later the Apex location.
After five years in that capacity I was urged by family and friends to go out on my own. I was very fortunate along the way to work with several great owners, managers and chefs who showed me the ropes which put me in a position to do so. In May, 2010 I realized my childhood dream and opened Rudino's Grill in Tryon Village. During our three years in operation our menu grew and began to drift away from the original concept which made it confusing for our patrons.
It was then that we decided to branch out to open Craft. It had always been my dream to develop a concept that offers a scratch made menu with food that everybody loves — you know, good, home-cooked meals made with fresh, all natural, high quality ingredients. More importantly, I wanted to open a restaurant where our guests would feel at home every time they walk through the door. After a great deal of planning and preparation, we developed our new brand and re-opened our doors as Craft Public House in August, 2013.
My goal is simple — To offer our guests a fresh spin on casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere at an affordable price. I take a great deal of pride in the level of service we offer and the quality of the food that we serve. We have worked very hard to build a team that shares our love for people and our passion for food in an effort to offer every guest the best dining experience that we can provide. I know that we will never be perfect, but I promise we will always make things right. If for any reason you aren't 100% happy when you dine with us, please let me know. I am committed to exceeding your expectations and look forward to any feedback that can help us improve. From our family to yours, I hope you enjoy!
Born to awesome young parents in Pittsburgh, PA (Black and Yellow!); Lucas grew up a stone's throw from Bryant Denny Stadium (Roll Tide!) in Tuscaloosa Alabama. Sixth grade brought his family to Greensboro, NC where he completed high school before graduating as a proud mountaineer from Appalachian State with a BFA in Graphic Design.
Lucas's love of food and cooking was sparked by eating of course, but also watching cooking shows with family. He started washing dishes in college before eventually working his way up to kitchen manager of a popular sports bar after graduation. He continued on into fine dining and was fortunate to work alongside some great chefs before life brought him to the Triangle in 2007; he's loved it ever since.
Lucas is passionate about being a highly creative, professional chef whose knowledge and abilities allow him to prepare a variety of delicious dishes with flair and consistency. His goal is for your experience memorable each and every time. Cheers and Bon Appétit!
Brooke was born and raised just around the corner in Fuquay-Varina. She started her career in the restaurant industry at age 15. She's been working with Brian since 2010 and after several promotions has been a manager since 2011. Brooke loves working in the restaurant business because she loves meeting and interacting with people. Craft is like home and she treats everyone that walks through the door like family! She's just a fun loving country girl who appreciates a well-crafted cocktail!
Jeff hails from a small town in Southern Illinois. He came to North Carolina to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and studied Economics and Creative Writing. After graduating he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in marketing. After surviving two brutal winters in the Windy City he decided to choose “location or vocation” and moved to Vail, Colorado and waited tables and fell in love with the restaurant business. After it snowed and stuck in August he realized that he missed the mild North Carolina weather and easy going way of life. He worked for Rocky Top Hospitality for 6 years and was General Manager of four unique concepts ranging from sports bar to a fine dining chophouse. He has over ten years management experience and is thrilled to be working for a concept that combines three of his loves: sports, food, and craft beer. In his spare time he has a passion for cooking, playing guitar, and is a diehard Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. You can find him in the restaurant on most days sporting one of his many flannel shirts.
As a member of the Pub Club you will earn 1 point for every dollar spent at Craft Public House. Join us for lunch Monday - Friday to earn double points and earn double points every Monday night! Once you reach 200 points - $10 will be added to your card to use on you next visit. Every time you reach 200 points, the process starts all over. Plus, just for joining, you'll 50 bonus points on your first purchase. It's that simple. Ask your server for details and join the Pub Club today!