Chef / Owner
Mark Anton, the son of a military father, was born in Portsmouth Virginia and lived in Greece, Panama and South Carolina. His own journey to Johnson and Wales University's Charleston campus came after employment at an island resort kitchen where he fell in love with preparing food. Mark took a position in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, but was tempted by a call from Michael to return to the United States. Together, they worked at an American Asian fusion restaurant in Birmingham Alabama and dreamed of starting their own restaurant. Based on a friend's suggestion, they came to Northwest Florida and happened upon a for sale sign at Borago. They bought the business, kept the name, reinvented the space and the concept and opened in March 2000. Now, after much success with Borago, they have moved it to the Choctawhatchee Bay on the North Beach of South Walton into the old 331 South building. They have created Abrazo Latin Kitchen to go in the former Borago space.