Alcove – Bar Lead

Alcove is a vibrant neighborhood restaurant, with food inspired by the farm coast and hosted in a beautiful waterfront space in Boston’s West End. At Alcove, the Bar is a central hub of the restaurant’s energy. Not only is it the first thing guests see when they walk in, but a production zone of a vibrant, bustling restaurant. A true workhorse that balances speed and volume with finesse and grace. This starts with quality ingredients and quality people.

Scope & General Purpose: As Bar Lead, this position takes a pivotal role in guiding cocktail and beer programs, guest service over the bar, and cocktail menu development. In collaboration with the General Manager and Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, Owner, you will oversee cocktail menu development, staff education, NA beverage, liquor, and beer ordering, inventory, and care for the Bar space and equipment. 

The Bar Lead is committed to the following job components, designed to create a meaningful, growth-oriented position: 

  • Recognize that Alcove’s success is centered around working with all team members, with varying skill sets and experience levels
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships with the Bar team, management team, staff, and guests, that express a commitment to Alcove’s identity, growth, and guest experience
  • Understand the importance of nuanced relationships with vendors, as a central tenet of Alcove hospitality
  • Be a business-oriented leader, understanding that the Bar Lead role extends beyond the Bar, into all elements of restaurant operations
  • Exude a passion for hospitality and restaurant operations, and cultivate those values within other team members

Schedule: Full-time flexible schedule, with four days of floor/bar shifts and one administrative day 

Reports to: General Manager & Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, Owner

Compensation: Hourly + tips for bartending/floor shifts, $20/hour for administrative work

Physical Requirements: 

  • Able to work ten hour-plus shifts, plus ability to stand, sit, squat, or walk for extended periods of time, walk up and down stairs
  • Able to grasp, reach overhead, push, lift, and carry up to 50 pounds

Bartending Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of the beverage program including budget, inventory, menu development and planning, employee training, and education
  • Ensure the quality of the beverage program offered by the restaurant is of the highest standard, reflective of the restaurant’s identity and restaurant execution needs
  • Present seasonal and regular menu changes, with thought given to creativity, cost, and execution
  • Incorporate Bar team into menu development in a meaningful, professional, growth-oriented manner
  • Assist in interviewing, training, and coaching Bar staff, to include developing employees in the Alcove Three Tier System of Barback, Bar Steward, and Bartender
  • Set an example of professionalism, always striving to build valuable guest relationships 
  • Determine Bar preparation needs based on level of business, changes in menu, or special events
  • Receive Bar products and supplies weekly, ensuring all inventory is accurate and stored in an organized manner
  • Be the voice of the Bar in Daily Briefing and provide information on Bar products, technique, NA beverage, cocktail, and beer menus, and overall beverage education
  • Display commitment to volume-oriented service with precise execution during all Bar shifts
  • Participate in and help with public events, private events, and key marketing opportunities related to the Bar program

Bar Responsibilities:

  • Develop initiatives to continually create repeat Bar guests, as well as recover guest experiences
  • Assist in keeping the restaurant compliant with all applicable health codes and regulations
  • Oversee all Beverage Program orders, inventory, and relationships with vendors
  • Complete weekly ordering in a timely and fiscally responsible manner
  • Maintain an appropriate inventory based on volume across NA beverage, cocktail, & beer programs
  • Provide continuing education and development for both the Bar team and front-of-house staff
  • Assist in training new Bar staff in steps of service, cocktail preparation techniques, food, and beverage knowledge
  • Oversee maintenance of the Bar space, beverage storage areas, and prep space, to include beverage product, fruit, ice, glassware, and overall organization and cleanliness behind the Bar 
  • Evaluate new revenue channels, such as holiday programming, classes, tastings, & partnerships
  • Communicate directly with any vendor contacts to determine needs for partnership

Job Requirements:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in hospitality, preferably behind the Bar
  • Strong working knowledge of bartending, food, and beverage
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, ever-changing work environment 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Highly organized, with strong attention to detail 
  • High integrity and professionalism 
  • A genuinely positive, joyful, upbeat, and energetic attitude – leading by example 
Employment Type(s): Full Time

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Email: pj@alcoveboston.com

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