Born in Charleston, SC, Kevin Krapp has spent all of his life on the Southeastern coast; he grew up on Hilton Head Island and later moved to Atlanta during high school, where he began working in the restaurant industry as a server. After moving back to Charleston for college, Krapp started his career in fine dining as a server at Blossom Cafe. Here, he served alongside Steve Palmer – future founder and managing partner of The Indigo Road Restaurant Group – not knowing the two would continue to work together throughout the years. As Krapp’s first foray in fine dining, he found his first lessons in management at Blossom Café, learning the fundamentals of great service and laying the foundation for his future career.
Krapp then took a serving job at Charleston institution Peninsula Grill (with Palmer again), and says it was here that he was pushed to start managing as he learned more about the hospitality side of the business. “Peninsula Grill was different than other fine dining restaurants I’d worked in. It wasn’t just a destination, it was a true local’s restaurant,” he says. “I learned that hospitality that went beyond great food, wine and service.”
In 1999, Krapp officially started his management career with Sedgwick Restaurant Group as an opening manager at Aspens Steakhouse in Marietta, GA and was promoted to General Manager at Van Gogh’s in Roswell, GA a year and a half later. In 2002, Krapp joined renowned Atlanta steakhouse Bone’s as service manager, which Krapp describes as the biggest influence in his management career. Here, he says, Krapp came to understand true hospitality, “the art of making people feel good. People like to go out where they feel at home and people know their name.” He learned the importance of keeping track of regular’s likes and dislikes, kid’s names, and other personal details.
After a brief hiatus from restaurant management, Krapp signed on as assistant general manager at Del Frisco’s Grille when they opened in Atlanta in 2012. Del Frisco’s Grille taught Krapp essential management skills and systems for running a restaurant in a corporate environment, something Krapp says everyone should experience during their management career.
Throughout his career, Krapp and Palmer had talked about working together again, and when he learned Palmer was opening Oak Steakhouse in Atlanta, he knew it was the perfect opportunity. Opening this fall, Krapp will oversee Oak Atlanta as General Manager.
Krapp lives in Atlanta with his wife Christy (whom he met while working at Bone’s) and their two kids Lila Cate (4) and Henry (5). An avid runner, Krapp has run the Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July for 28 years. When not at the restaurant, he likes exploring the dining scene and spending time with his family.