Co-Owner, Lounge Group
WHY: With Andrew Gabriel co-owns a dozen bars, restaurants, stringing a line through central OC from Fullerton to Newport, including Dory Deli, Stag Bar + Kitchen, Matador Cantina, the District Lounge. Croatian Marovic got his start with family’s OC bar.
RECENT: Bowed Helmsman Ale House, late 2019.
QUOTABLE: Before foodie revolution, “Restaurants didn’t have bars, bars had only booze … you went there to drink.” Now “fast casuals have craft cocktails” opening opportunity for neighborhood focus, branding.