Portsmith at the dana hotel and spa in River North is looking for a serious barista with experience on a semi-manual espresso machine as well as a solid background in food service preparation. We are looking to start training immediately. This is NOT an entry level position. We are looking for baristas who can bring their skills to the table and raise our level of service. We need solid team players who work hard, fast and get the job done.
The barista is the face of our restaurant in the morning to the hotel guests and neighbors alike. Directly responsible for the brew and sale of coffee, baristas have the opportunity to share each coffee’s unique story and flavor on behalf of growers and the entire Dark Matter Coffee Company.
Forming good guest relationships is vital to creating repeat customers, or “regulars.”
Baristas should be able to recommend coffees based on guest preferences as well as their own favorites, and answer most questions about coffee. While reading and studying facts about coffee are important, there is a certain aspect of coffee knowledge that is only obtained by tasting different varieties or brews and noting the distinctions among them. Do this often, and even if a given coffee is not your favorite, seek positive ways to describe flavors.
You will also be selling a wide variety of our baked goods from croissants and danishes, to cupcakes and other various pastries. You will be responsible for tasting all of the items and being able to describe them, in detail to guest; making suggesting and pairings when called upon. You will be producing all of the coffee based beverages for our guests. You will be expected to uphold all proper food-safety and health standards. Additional duties include answering the phone, taking to-go orders, replenishment of food and beverage supplies and maintaining an organized and clean work space.
Our store is located inside of the dana hotel and spa at 660 N. State St., and as such, we work very closely with hotel staff to uphold theirs and our level of service to any guests staying inside of the hotel.
Currently staffing for weekend shifts and some weekday shifts. Must be able to start as early at 5:00 AM and must have an Illinois Food Service Handler's certificate. Looking to make immediate hires.
Daily cash tips, medical and dental insurance available, 401K program, company discount card and more!
Benefits, Hourly plus tips
Food Safety Knowledge
Part of The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group
AN ELEGANTLY CRAFTED SEAFOOD EXPERIENCE
Named for the notion that seafood is a staple of most port towns and our chefs are the food “smiths” and craftsmen elevating one of nature’s greatest gifts to man.
When working with truly great seafood, we believe in the “less is more” approach. Sometimes the best ingredient is the one left off the plate.
Portsmith sources the best quality and freshest seafood. We honor the seafood and fisherman with bold flavors yet simple plating. Precision yet restraint showcase the natural flavors of our pristine catch.