How to Become a Restaurant Manager

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To become a restaurant manager, one must have supervisory abilities and excellent communications skills. Restaurant managers are accountable for all activities of a restaurant's operation. For example, most managers interview, hire, train, and fire employees. In addition, managers perform many administrative duties, such as preparing the payroll, maintaining employee records, and completing paperwork to adhere with licensing, Social Security laws, unemployment compensation, and taxes.[1] Managers also remit payment sto vendors and maintain records of supply and equipment purchases. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage of food service managers was $48,130 in May 2010.[2]

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Education High school Diploma[2]
Starting pay $30,820 per year[3]
Median pay $48,130 per year[2]
10 yr growth Slower than average[2]
Related professions Chef, bartender, waiter, and waitress
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Restaurant Manager Job Overview

Restaurant managers are in charge of the day-to-day operations of restaurants that prepare and serve food and beverages to customers. Restaurant managers usually perform the following tasks:

  • Maintain proper levels of team members by interviewing, hiring, training, managing, and sometimes termination of employees
  • Manage the ordering and inventory of supplies, equipment, and food and beverages
  • Monitor the overall presentation of food, portion sizes, and food preparation methods
  • Comply with health and food safety regulations and standards
  • Monitor the actions of patrons and employees to insure everyone's personal safety
  • Investigate and find a solution to complaints regarding food service or quality
  • Assign duties and schedule staff hours
  • Keep payroll records, budgets and review financial activity
  • Establish specifications for customer service and personnel performance[4]

Restaurant Manager Education

Most restaurant manager positions only require a high school diploma or its equivalent. To increase chances of employment, a postsecondary education may be obtained from a vocational institute or community college. Many national or regional restaurant chains and food service management companies recruit management trainees from college food service and hospitality management programs, which need real-life experience and internships to graduate.[1]

Restaurant Manager Training

Food service management companies and restaurant chains often have rigorous training curriculum for management positions. Trainees gain instruction in all aspects of how to run a institutional food service facility or a restaurant through a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. This training may include company policies and procedures, security, nutrition, food preparation, sanitation, report preparation, record keeping, and personnel management.[1]

Restaurant Management 101

Basics of managing a restaurant

Also See: How to Become a Hostess, How to Become a Barista, How to Become a Caterer, How to Become a Chef, How to Become a Waitress


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