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12 May 2022

Full-Time Kitchen Manager

VERS – Posted by Joe H New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Kitchen Manager / Sous Chef @ VERS

$68k – $72k per year, depending on experience, plus benefits and bonus potential


Opening in spring 2022, VERS will be a new kind of gay bar, serving craft cocktails, elevated bar snacks, and unique entertainment in a beautifully designed space in the gayborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. We’re vers from top to bottom: from food to drink, stage to scene, glance to dance, we switch it up seven days a week. Unwind or turn it up — either way, come be yourself.


You’re a spectacular, team-oriented kitchen manager/sous chef that is eager to lead a team, make the most delicious food, and be part of a brand new type of LGBTQ+ establishment in Hell’s Kitchen.

You’re comfortable in a startup-type environment, like to wear many hats, employ business savvy, have a history building a team that delivers delicious, perfectly cooked food that customers crave and keep coming back for time and time again.

You are eager to break the mold of a typical restaurant/bar working environment, offering sane work schedules, a level-head, and an appreciation and respect for employees and customers alike.

If this describes you, please apply.


Staff Management:

  • Demonstrate effective communication, positive leadership, even temperament, diplomacy, and stability; we have a strict no-asshole policy.

  • Support staff whenever and however necessary, morning, noon, and night.

  • Develop and empower staff, mentor staff and help them to identify growth potential within the organization

  • Create sane working schedules; break the mold of typical restaurant/bar working environments.

  • Conduct regular team meetings and 1:1 check-ins

  • Support and train the kitchen staff to meet and exceed goals while staying under budget.

  • Manage the team in accordance with all company policies, procedures, and standards and local, state, and federal law as applicable

Food Service:

  • Uphold the highest standards of hospitality and service in a busy, bustling bar environment

  • Manage the kitchen inventory and ensure supplies are fresh and of high quality

  • Ensure proper food temperatures when cooking and proper storage afterward

  • Maintain a positive attitude to all customers; respond to customers comments and criticism in a constructive, even-headed manner.

  • Properly measure kitchen ingredients and food portions

  • Ensure kitchen staff adhere to set standards, procedures, department rules and sanitation requirements

  • Must have ability to use kitchen knives and equipment such as grills, ovens, fryers and warmers in food preparation

Facility Maintenance:

  • Keeping the workstation and kitchen equipment clean, organized and sanitized

  • Setting regular cleaning standards for the kitchen and verifying that staff is maintaining sanitation levels

  • Ensure a safe and secure working environment for all team members and customers

  • Take immediate action to resolve problems that are encountered on premises.

  • Physically tour and visually inspect venue on a daily basis, monitor venue condition, cleanliness, and quality of product and service

Administrative / Financials:

  • Maintain labor efficiency ratios to ensure best food service and cost effectiveness

  • Manage operations efficiently and effectively within the restaurant’s fiscal and operational guidelines

  • Comply with local, state and federal health department standards and comply with occupancy limits

  • Meet and/or exceed financial obligations and profitability by tracking kitchen finances to identify areas of potential waste


  • Minimum of 3 years of applicable restaurant and/or hospitality experience in NYC

  • Demonstrable track record of consistently preparing, cooking, and serving unbelievable delicious, perfectly cooked food.

  • Previous experience managing a team of 4+ kitchen staff

  • 2+ years inventory management experience, including working with local NYC purveyors and reps

  • Ability to obtain and/or maintain any government required licenses, certificates or permits, including New York State Health Protection Card

  • Leadership skills to motivate and develop staff and to ensure accomplishment of goals

  • Capable of setting priorities, planning, organizing, delegating, and controlling processes

  • Flexibility and openness to change course according to the needs of the business

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills

  • Must be able to lift and carry 40-lb boxes

  • Appliance maintenance coordination experience, including dishwashers, refrigerators and ice machines


  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Health insurance

  • Paid time off

Please note: The duties of this position may change from time to time. Revival Survival reserves the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of Revival Survival or its managers. This job description is intended to describe the general level of work being performed. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.


Revival Survival is a gay-owned-and-operated, independent hospitality group founded by David DeParolesa in 2021. Revival Survival was created as response to the loss of so many long-standing gay and gay-friendly establishments during the pandemic. David believes that the gay community — his community — will once again be at the core of Hell’s Kitchen’s revival and survival and founded the company to usher in this vision in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, and beyond.

Revival Survival is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender (including gender identity or expression), pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation, marital status, domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking victim status, ancestry, national origin, alienage or citizenship, age, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristic, or other protected status.

How to Apply


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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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