Evening Star Cafe, Del Ray’s original dining destination and quintessential neighborhood gathering place is seeking an experienced and ambitious General Manager to lead our talented team and guide the restaurant into its next chapter.
The Evening Star opened in 1997 in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria and became an essential component of the area from the start. Over the last 22 years the restaurant has evolved and expanded. Beyond its original footprint, Evening Star now includes an adjoining wine shop called Planet Wine which provides an incredibly extensive wine list for diners; an additional bar and lounge upstairs for live music, games, and private events; an expansive outdoor patio called the Front Porch; and a rooftop garden created in partnership with Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture (more on that below) that provides much of the seasonal produce featured on the menu.
If you have a record of successful leadership in dynamic restaurants, a passion for compelling food and beverage, a commitment to delivering the highest level of hospitality, and--above all--the energy and spirit to join and lead a tight knit, family-like team of hospitality professionals, we want to meet you!
Competitive candidates will have extensive experience and proven success at establishments with high standards and thoughtful food and beverage programs. They will be expert in managing costs, hiring and coaching employees, providing excellent service, and thinking on their feet. But we need more than just experience. We are seeking a restaurant expert who embodies the ownership mentality, generates enthusiasm among team members, and exudes an infectious sense of hospitality. Our ideal candidate is curious, driven, and inspired on a daily basis by the fun, fast-paced business we work in and the creative people we’re lucky to call colleagues.
We offer competitive benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid vacation, dining credit, and closure on most major holidays.
About Neighborhood Restaurant Group
The opening of Evening Star Cafe in 1997 launched the creation of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, one of the DC Area’s most creative and acclaimed restaurant groups. As its name suggests, NRG is a group of unique companies and concepts. We think of ourselves as a collective of committed restaurant professionals who share common goals: to open and operate independent, exceptional, distinctive, and conscientious restaurants and bars with chef-driven menus and ambitious beverage programs; to create unique gathering places that reflect the communities in which they reside; and to surpass the expectations of our guests.
Neighborhood Restaurant Group is a collaborative of 19 independent brands and businesses dedicated to enhancing the communities in which we live and work. The company includes: Birch & Barley, Bluejacket Brewery, B-Side, Buzz Bakeshop, ChurchKey, Columbia Firehouse, Evening Star Cafe, Hazel, Iron Gate, Owen’s Ordinary, Planet Wine Shop, Red Apron, Rustico, The Partisan, and The Sovereign. Check out all our concepts at www.neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com
We’re committed to offering exceptional experiences in our restaurants, but we’re equally committed to giving back to the community. In 2011 we founded Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the food system in our region. Simply by working at Neighborhood Restaurant Group, you provide support to this fantastic organization’s programs, and we offer opportunities throughout the year to support Arcadia more actively through fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, field trips, and collaboration. Learn more at www.arcadiafood.org