Proprietor and executive chef, Craig Common, began his career at 14 as a dishwasher in a Dearborn Heights, Michigan restaurant. From the first day, he knew a 'restaurant was where I would hang my hat." A self taught chef, Craig worked for the C.A. Muer Corporation for 12 years, eventually overseeing 16 restaurants in Michigan, Ohio and Florida as a corporate Chef.
In 1990 Craig was approached by Bob Daniels of Chelsea Lumber Company, who hoped to open a restaurant where playgoers to the Purple Rose–the professional theatre founded by Bob's son, actor jeff Daniels–could enjoy a meal. Craig jumped at the chance to venture out on his own, and on July 26, 1991, The Common Grill opened its doors to immediate success.
Expanding on the early success of the restaurant, Craig decided in 1993 to increase the space to 148 seats and accept an invitation to prepare a dinner for the members and guests at the James Beard House in New York City. Craig penned two popular cookbooks in 2000 and 2005, The Common Grill Cookbook and Return to the Common Grill, respectively. Both books feature some of the restaurant's most beloved recipes.