Fabulous People: Mike Morton Jr.

Mike Morton Jr. is the president and CEO of Brigantine Restaurants, a collective of 21 restaurants across 15 locations throughout San Diego. “While we have grown substantially over the years, we take pride in being woven into the fabric of the communities that we serve. None of this would be possible without our 1,500-plus loyal and dedicated team members.” Learn about Mike Morton Jr….

Follow at: @brigantineseafood@miguelscocina@ketchgrillandtaps

Hometown: San Diego

First job: Watering plants and sweeping the parking lot at Miguel’s Cocina in Point Loma.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: I enjoy the occasional round of golf and bicycling outdoors.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: Raising three great kids with my wife, Erica. The world needs more good people, and we’re doing our best to contribute.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Opening our largest restaurant project in July 2020. It was during the middle of COVID-19, and the government mandates severely limited restaurant operations. We had no choice but to open, as all our capital was deployed in the project, and we owed the bank a lot of money. Fortunately, it was a success from the beginning.

Someone who inspires you and why: My parents. They founded Brigantine Restaurants (the company I’m fortunate to work for) and succeeded through hard work and treating the people they worked with very well.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Learn every job in the restaurant. Understanding operations, how things work and how the dollars are made is important.

Favorite quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ––Theodore Roosevelt 

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: Before rejoining the Brigantine Restaurants in 2005, I spent several years working for Jack in the Box.

What makes someone fabulous: Great energy and a desire to learn.

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