Updated on August 22,  2017




Harper Associates has been retained for this exclusive search.

Our client is a successful restaurant entrepreneur presently operating 10+ full serve restaurants in multiple states. They are ready to spearhead a new, creative, fine dining, full service restaurant start-up division. The Director of Operations must have hands-on restaurant operations and corporate experience in opening new locations from the ground up.

Requirements for the Director of Operations position:

-Multi-unit experience operating fine dining or upscale restaurants in the $5-10 million / year + range

-5 years in a recent role as restaurant Director of Operations, Regional Manager, Vice President, or COO

-Strong P&L expertise

-Proven ability to lead General Managers at multiple locations

-Excellent knowledge in corporate beverage training (craft cocktails / wine program / craft beers)

-Extensive experience opening new restaurants

-Hospitality Business or Business Administration Degree

-Proven track record of success in fine dining restaurants

-Solid knowledge of high-end, scratch culinary operations

-Flexibility to travel to and live in different cities for several months at a time


-Exceptional six figure salary, plus bonus and incentive program

-Equity partnership

-Corporate housing

-Potential to make a LOT of money

-The company is well financed and will open locations in high profile, prime locations in the US and internationally (including LA, Miami, NYC, London, and Amsterdam to start). Chicago is slated to be one of the first locations.

-The position will involve being very hands-on and on site during openings. This position is ideal for a rising star restaurant Director of Operations / Regional Manager / COO who has the desire and drive to be an Equity Partner in a spectacular, one of a kind opportunity.

Please send resume in Word or PDF format to along with an outline of your full-service restaurant opening experience and why you consider yourself an ideal candidate for this outstanding role.


Currently seeking multiple casual dining restaurant managers that possess exceptional customer service skills to help grow local restaurants. We are looking for several experienced hospitality leaders to innovate, motivate and direct fast paced, casual and upscale restaurants throughout the Metro Detroit area. Steakhouse, Italian Bistro, Pizzeria, BBQ, farm-to-table concepts, family-owned and chain restaurant opportunities available. 

Experience Requirements: 

• 3+ years of restaurant management (fast/casual, full service, or upscale)

• Proven leadership abilities

• Ordering and inventory

• Hiring and training

$40,000-$60,000 salary plus benefits. 

Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Birmingham, Novi, Auburn Hills, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, Farmington Hills

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In search of an experienced QSR District Manager for our 12 Metro Detroit restaurant locations. The District Manager will be responsible for overseeing all general operations of each location, store management hiring and coaching, new policy training, upholding cleanliness and safety standards, and employee recognition programs. Additionally, the District Manager will monitor P&L, inventory management, food waste reports, labor costs, recruiting, and local marketing.


· Outstanding customer services skills

· Strong leadership and training abilities

· Creative marketing and coaching strategies

· 5 or more years as a franchise district manager

· Strong attention to detail

· ServSafe certification preferred

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Exceptional bonus program!

Our client is a trendy, popular neighborhood restaurant in the City of Detroit with a reputation for great food and service. Weekends are extremely busy. We are searching for a General Manager with front and back of the house experience in a $2 + million restaurant who would enjoy working for a prominent Detroit based ownership group. Take your corporate experience and join an independent restaurant ready to expand. Menu features southern comfort foods, great breakfast selections, salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts and a full bar. Must have solid P&L experience. Excellent motivational and training skills are needed to direct 30 employees.

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Birmingham, Royal Oak, and Downtown opportunities for full service, upscale , casual dining restaurants.  These are very successful concepts, with culinary operations directed by talented Chefs. Must enjoy guest interaction and being in the media spotlight.

Ideal candidates will have:

· Hospitality Degree

· 5-7 years of high-volume restaurant manager / bar manager / dining room manager experience

· Expertise in ordering, inventory management, labor management, and scheduling

· Exceptional training skills

· Good craft beer and craft cocktail knowledge

· ServSafe certification

· Excellent customer service skills

· Any additional certifications are a plus (e.g. Sommelier, Cicerone, BarSmarts, etc.)


· An excellent base salary ($65-80,000 depending on experience),

· Performance bonuses

· Outstanding health benefits

· Paid vacation

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The Detroit Culinary Scene is Hot!

Harper Associates, specialists in culinary placement for the hotel, restaurant, country club,

food service, private chef and catering industry, has many opportunities available in Detroit area, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Birmingham and throughout Michigan. Let us represent you in confidence!

Here is one of our many current openings:

Join a very successful upscale Italian Restaurant, seeking a hands on, creative, executive chef

who enjoys working in a busy lunch and dinner operation. 

Ideal candidates will have:

• Culinary Degree from CIA, Schoolcraft, Johnson & Wales, or similar level culinary school

High-volume Executive Chef experience
• Expertise in ordering, inventory management, labor management, and scheduling
• Experience in menu development and menu costing
• Experience creating and managing the back of house budget
• Experience developing relationships with food suppliers
• Purchasing and price negotiating expertise
• ServSafe Certification

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RESTAURANT GENERAL MANAGER - $100,000 - $150,000+

Our client is a very successful restaurant and real estate entrepreneur. They will be opening a flagship full service, fine dining restaurant with entertainment in the next 6 months in the Detroit Suburbs. This will be the first of multiple restaurant ventures in Detroit area.

Searching for a General Manager with both corporate and independent fine dining or upscale casual restaurant experience. Must be able to oversee a potential sales volume of $7 -8 million.

· Requires a very strong front of the house staff training background

· Previous restaurant opening experience.

· Knowledge in setting up beverage operations -wine, craft cocktail, craft beer, single malts, etc.

· Must enjoy media exposure- will be face of the restaurant

· Our client will offer an equity potential to the right candidate.

· Salary range $100-150,000 plus bonus

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 Chef/Kitchen Manager for Fast/Casual concept with scratch kitchen

 Job Function:

 Primarily responsible for all Food Service Staff and Operations. Primary focus is to maintain efficient fully staffed kitchen and provide excellent Customer Satisfaction through Quality and Customer Service. Maintain a profitable kitchen in a clean and safe environment. Creates an atmosphere of a Culinary Level of detail within Key Management and Team Leaders. Customer Satisfaction is job one!


  •  Directly responsible for hiring and developing prep and service culinary staff including hot line          cooks, salad and sandwich and pizza teams and works in a “hands on” style.
  •  Sets Production Schedules based on Sales forecast for both in-house and catering demands           while paying attention to any labor savings opportunity.
  •  Maintains proper inventory control including appropriate levels, freshness, product use dates and overall organization and cleanliness of our dry storage and                              refrigeration areas.
  •  Responsible for oversight of all daily, weekly and monthly inventory numbers and placing all weekly food orders. Oversees quality of supplies received and invoices. 
  •  Maintains proper communication with vendors.
  •  Enforces all Product and Plate Presentation Standards.
  •  Takes the lead in the training of key kitchen management team in the area of foodservice skills and culinary detail. Assists in semi-annual reviews.
  •  Plays key role in managing food cost though line audits, inventory control and daily supervision of all food service staff.
  •  Sets up all managers and supervisors to work within a cross-functional management team in order to reduce variable labor cost particularly during the “off rush” hours.
  •  Assists Kitchen Manager in establishing excellent Employee Morale by taking a hands-on approach to all Food Service Employees.
  •  Maintains updated recipe book for all departments and food cost models.
  •  Oversees the maintenance of a safe, secure and healthy work environment by establishing and enforcing standards in compliance with local and State Health                            Regulations and Requirements.
  •  Maintains all foodservice equipment by following operating instructions and training staff on proper usage.

 Additional Responsibilities:

  •  Schedule weekly and monthly employee standard training classes and meetings.
  •  Prepares semi-annual reviews for direct staff members while assisting our Assistant Kitchen Managers in reviewing key Line Leaders development.
  •  Provide recommendation for menu improvements through General Manager’s approval.
  •  Surprises and delights our customers through creative new items that fit with our menu, our time standards and staff.
  •  Maintain impeccable personal hygiene and set uniform and hygiene standards for department.
  •  Keep all kitchen areas clean and highly organized.
  •  Provide hands on catering service from time to time.

 Key Skills Required:

  •  Exceptional sensory and culinary skills with exceptionally high food standards.
  •  Extensive training in all areas of food preparation, purchasing, inventory, quality control and handling & storage. Excel and when to manage training strongly                              recommended.
  •  Ability to work well within a cross functional management team.
  •  Ability to connect with all Food Service part and full time employees and create an atmosphere of learning and continuous improvements.
  •  Proven to have excellent problems solving skills.

 5 days week, 50 hours/week, $55,000-$65,000 plus bonus ,

7am to 5pm, 3 days, 10am to 8:00pm, 2 days. Off Sunday.

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 Join a prominent full-service property and set the standard for fine-dining and banquets in Ann Arbor!

 The F&B Director will oversee the hotel's restaurant, outlets, and banquet operations. Be part of a strong leadership team that develops exceptional talent in the hospitality business.

 Our client prefers a Hospitality graduate with high-volume experience in full-service hotel food & beverage, fine-dining restaurants, as well as catering / banquet management. Will oversee a la carte dining, in-room dining, banquet operations, and the lobby bar. The Director of Food and Beverage also manages a large team of managers and hourly employees. Other responsibilities include P&L management, scheduling, procurement, and developing a team to ensure world-class guest service.

 An exceptional salary, bonus, and benefit package is offered.

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We are looking for a front-of-house Restaurant Manager to join a highly acclaimed restaurant in the Grand Rapids area. We need an ace who can lead a very high-volume dining room, bar, and outdoor patio.

If you're interested, here's what it's all about. For a Dining Room Manager wanting to showcase their talent, this is an excellent opportunity. We are searching for a Manager with high-volume experience in a full-service, casual dining restaurant. Must be highly skilled in managing a very busy floor, and have proven success at leading a team of restaurant professionals.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Hospitality Degree
  • 5-7 years of high-volume restaurant / bar management experience
  • Expertise in ordering, inventory management, labor management, and scheduling
  • Exceptional training skills
  • Good craft beer and craft cocktail knowledge
  • ServSafe certification
  • Excellent customer service skills

An excellent base salary is offered ($40-$60K depending on experience), plus monthly performance bonus, outstanding health benefits, and vacation.

If you can accomplish the above, we want to talk to you. 

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 Join this family owned, locally based specialty restaurant group, who attributes many decades of success to their exceptional staff. We are seeking a restaurant manager that possesses great customer service and leadership skills to compliment the management team. This high energy individual must have experience in casual dining/bar management. The restaurant specializes in Italian American favorites including Pizza, Pasta, Gourmet Salads, Sandwiches and Burgers. Additionally they offer catering and private event options.

 Experience Requirements:
3+ years of full service casual dining management
Ordering and inventory
Alcohol sales

  Flexible hours in a family-oriented atmosphere.


 $40-45k salary plus bonuses and great benefits.

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 Confidential search for a dynamic leader to help create a memorable dining experience at a fine dining, service oriented restaurant. Wine and craft cocktails are very popular at this trendy Lansing area establishment. Prefer candidate with previous corporate background and strong systems and training expertise. A Michigan State Hospitality alumnus looking to return back to Michigan would be ideal. Excellent salary and incentive package. Moving allowance offered.

 Desired Qualifications:

 · 3+ yrs. of current experience as a General Manager in a successful, fine dining restaurant

 · Solid understanding of all aspects of an upscale, high volume restaurant

 · Outstanding motivational skills and team building capability

 · Sincere drive and passion to direct an operation that offers exceptional service and culinary distinction

 · Good knowledge of wine and craft cocktails

 All inquiries will remain confidential.

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 Very successful Detroit restaurant with a unique concept and a creative menu seeks talented Executive Chef. Responsible for overseeing culinary operations, purchasing, inventory control, staff training and mentoring, and menu development. One of the most popular restaurants within the downtown Detroit dining scene. Culinary Degree preferred.

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 Recruiting for expanding, full service, culinary driven restaurants offering craft cocktails and craft beer.

 Our client desires a dynamic, front of the house personality! Must have excellent staff training skills, enjoy media exposure, and be up to date on latest dining and beverage trends.

 5 day work week with excellent benefits. Prefer Hospitality Degree.

 Candidates with ties to the Michigan area are preferred.

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 $45,000-$50,000 - Excellent work environment

 This local Artisan Pizzeria/ Café/ Restaurant is looking for a kitchen manager / chef to manage their fast-paced kitchen of young and motivated culinary staff. The ideal candidate will be a hands-on, experienced leader, who enjoys working in an upbeat environment.  


 · 3 years as a kitchen manager or sous chef

 · Professional culinary training or equivalent experience in a scratch kitchen

 · Hiring and Scheduling experience

 · Purchasing and inventory knowledge

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 Excellent career opportunity to work under the direction of a very talented, CIA alumnus Executive Chef.
We are seeking a very hands-on Sous Chef to handle cooking and also manage staff. Will be able to use creativity at this busy restaurant which receives a lot of media attention.

 Culinary degree preferred. Great salary plus paid parking.

 Candidates with ties to the Michigan area are preferred.

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 Exceptional opportunity for a talented Restaurant Manager to join a creative, expanding restaurant group in Metro Detroit! Join a company that offers a ton of opportunity for growth, medical benefits, and a very generous bonus plan. With multiple new restaurants slated for opening this year and next year, this is an excellent time to join and grow with the company.

 The Bar Manager will oversee the bar and beverage program with a high-volume restaurant in the Royal Oak area. Key components include:

 • Beverage Menu Development

 • Mentoring / developing bartenders & servers on proper service & beverage pairing

 • Hiring & training bar/FOH staff

 • Handle beverage purchasing / inventory

 • Minimize waste

 • Hold staff to extremely high service & quality standards

 Ideal candidates will have a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality and several years of experience as a Front-of-House Manager or Bar Manager in a high-volume restaurant with a large selection of craft beer, wine, and craft cocktails.

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 New restaurant with creative menu, great decor, busy bar, and great press reviews. Searching for talented corporate trained Hospitality graduate who has excellent training skills, and enjoys table visits and guest interaction.

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 Confidential Search for one of the top end fine dining restaurants with an extensive wine cellar in the Detroit area. We are seeking an exceptional professional who has directed a full service, white tablecloth, chef driven restaurant. This high profile restaurant requires an entrepreneurial Manager, who is extremely passionate about food, wine and service. Very creative menu. Must have great personality. Prefer Hospitality Degree. Excellent benefit package.

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 Harper Associates is representing several corporate and independent restaurant companies. Prefer candidates that have a Hospitality Degree, overseeing a restaurant with $3-4 million ++ in annual food and beverage sales. Chef driven kitchens, lots of creativity, in the media spotlight.

 Summer outdoor dining.

 Will be involved in staff training, setting up systems, procedures and inventory controls. Knowledge of beverage operations (craft cocktails and beer) is required. Corporate restaurant experience would be a plus. Terrific career opportunity. $65-85,000 plus bonus and benefit package.

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 For high profile, award winning, fine dining, full service restaurant with extensive wine list and banquet facilities for corporate and social events Prefer candidate with who enjoys front of the house staff training, has worked in an upscale restaurant with food and beverage sales volume over $5 million, and has previous corporate restaurant training. Prefer Hospitality Degree.

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 Several upscale casual dining restaurant concepts are actively interviewing for candidates with 1-3 years of front of the house management experience. Wine, creative cocktail, and craft beer experience a preferred Desire polished image, great personality, Hospitality/Culinary Degree a plus. Our clients offer 5 day work week, medical benefits, and great opportunities for advancement. 

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 The Detroit area and Michigan job markets are Hot!

 We have over 10 new openings for GMs, Restaurant and Dining Room Managers with several trendy, service oriented restaurant groups with great food. We are proud to be selected to represent in confidence these restaurant concepts. Our clients prefer a Hospitality or Culinary Degree, corporate restaurant training background, great guest service skills, and the ability to be promoted. Restaurant opening experience a plus. $40,000-$70,000+++, great benefits.

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 We are searching for several corporate trained restaurant managers who are looking to open a new restaurant with great food (scratch kitchen), edgy decor, and fun atmosphere. Must also have a solid liquor and wine background.

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 Outgoing? Fun? Dedicated to world-class service and mouthwatering, award-winning scratch cooking? Have restaurant management experience in both the front of house and kitchen? Want to work for a company that offers you work/life balance, awesome benefits, and opportunity to grow your career?

 If you answered a resounding YES! to all of the above, you are in for a treat. We have an opportunity available with one of the most successful, well-known, award-winning restaurant groups in Michigan, and we want managers who rock!

At least 3 years of restaurant management (FOH & BOH) experience in a high-volume restaurant
Experience managing P&L
Ordering, inventory, and alcohol expertise
Experience managing restaurant staff
Catering experience
A WINNING attitude!

 If this sounds like you, then let's talk! Confidentiality is one of our top priorities, so no need for your boss to find out you're about to give them the "it's not you, it's me" spiel 

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Harper Associates

31000 Northwestern Hwy,

Suite 240,

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Phone. 248-932-1170

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