Friends of Arrow Rock was established in 1959 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Its professional staff includes an executive director, operations director and historical interpreters. In 2019, FAR entered into a partnership with Missouri State Parks to operate the J. Huston Tavern, and manages that business and its staff. Tavern staff includes a general manager, kitchen manager, kitchen staff, servers, bartenders and hosts.

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J. Huston Tavern General Manager

  • Full-time, salaried, year-round position, beginning March 15, 2021
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience
  • Minimum experience required: 5 years full-service restaurant experience with at least 2 years in management, or commensurate experience
  • Must be bondable

The Tavern general manager is expected to:

  • Practice gracious hospitality with guests, colleagues, vendors and the community.
  • Be available to work evenings, weekends and holidays (including Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July and Thanksgiving) when the Tavern is open for business.
  • Interview, hire, train, oversee, and sometimes terminate employees, with assistance from the FAR executive director and Tavern Advisory Committee.
  • Work with kitchen manager to manage inventory and order food and beverages, equipment, and supplies.
  • Work with kitchen manager to oversee portion sizes, and the overall presentation of food.
  • Establish menus and pricing in cooperation with the Tavern Advisory Committee.
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas to ensure equipment is functioning properly and standards of safety and cleanliness are maintained at all times.
  • Maintain the liquor license and all other licenses required to operate the restaurant in full force and effect.
  • Ensure employees comply with health and food safety standards and regulations.
  • Schedule staff hours and assign duties.
  • Prepare food budgets and track payroll & tips; Review all food-service related bills and approve for payment.
  • Complete and submit monthly and annual reports required by Missouri State Parks.
  • With assistance from the FAR executive director and the Tavern Advisory Committee, establish standards for personnel performance and customer service.
  • Investigate and resolve complaints regarding food quality or service.
  • Work to ensure every guest experience is a positive one, from initial reservation telephone call or online inquiry and through the entire dining experience.
  • See that customers are served properly and in a timely manner.
  • Arrange for any necessary routine maintenance or repairs on equipment.
  • Ensure dining rooms, restrooms, kitchen and storage areas are maintained in an orderly and clean condition.
  • Immediately report any building maintenance conditions to the FAR executive director.
  • Make sure ovens and other equipment are turned off, thermostats are set to the proper overnight temperatures, and lights are turned off at the end of the work day.
  • Answer telephone calls and return messages promptly.
  • Circulate through the restaurant, greeting customers and inviting their feedback.
  • Become proficient in the use of the cash register system and train other staff in its use.
  • Monitor the dining rooms and wait staff to identify and intervene on any customer service issues.
  • Offer regular trainings for staff on proper hospitality and service techniques, and schedule time with staff for education sessions on Arrow Rock and Tavern history.
  • With assistance from the FAR executive director and designated board representatives, actively market the Tavern via social media, through traditional advertising, and through letters and telephone calls to tour groups.
  • With input from Tavern Advisory Committee, create special events to attract customers on non-theater, non-event dates.
  • Monitor restaurant review sites and respond when appropriate.
  • Schedule receptions and other group events and ensure every detail for those events is considered and covered.
  • Submit all bills and purchase receipts to the FAR Executive Director on a weekly basis.
  • Provide hourly employee payroll information to the accountant on scheduled dates.
  • Become educated on the J. Huston Tavern and be able to guide tours of the building and answer guest questions about its history.
  • Participate in weekly management meetings with the FAR executive director and operations director to communicate about upcoming events, celebrate successes and work through issues.
  • Attend quarterly FAR board of trustees meetings to report on activities at the Tavern.
To apply, send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements, no later than Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, to:
Friends of Arrow Rock
c/o Sandy Selby, Executive Director
P.O. Box 124
Arrow Rock, MO 65320
Deliver your application in person to the Friends of Arrow Rock headquarters, 310 Main Street, Arrow Rock, MO between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.  (Recommend calling 660-837-3231 to make sure someone will be in the office when you arrive.)
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