I grew up surfing and working at restaurants in Oceanside and eventually took on a life in the action sports industry helping start Dragon Optical and eventually working for TransWorld Media for the last 17 years.
During that time, my wife and I started a small coffee cart business at Buccaneer Beach and a second location at the Captain's Helm. Eventually, we bought The Buccaneer Café, which was our first break into the restaurant business.
My childhood best friend, Jamey and I had always dreamed of opening our own restaurant in South Oceanside. Fortunately, it's worked out and has blossomed beyond my wildest dreams. This has become... The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza!
Growing up in Oceanside, I developed my surf skills as an aspiring pro surfer, which is where the restaurant culture came into my life.
While I started as a bus boy at a local restaurant, the owner Jay took me under his wing where I spent 3 years of my life immersed in the restaurant culture thanks to Jay. From that point on, I knew that I wanted to start a place of my own some day.
Charlie, my childhood best friend from the Buccaneer crew, worked in the action sports media industry along with me for 11 years. He shared the same outlook as I did and we would often think about starting our own restaurant together. Fast-forward to 2013, and the dream has become a reality! Charlie and I hooked up and The Privateer was born..