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This job expired on August 22, 2019

General Manager The Deer's Head

  • Date Posted June 23, 2019
  • Location Elizabethtown, NY
  • Category Culinary
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description

For over 200 years The Deer’s Head Inn has had a prominent place in the life of our town, Elizabethtown, NY.   Uniquely positioned between New York’s highest peaks in the Eastern Adirondacks and the majestic shores of the Champlain Valley, E’town has always been a recreational hub.  And as the county seat of Essex County it has always had a prominent place in the political life of our community.

Since 1808, the Deer’s Head Inn has been the town’s preeminent eatery,  located just across our main thoroughfare from the county buildings. As such it has been a gathering spot for civic leaders, local and seasonal residents, vacationers and travelers.  We are dedicated to continuing this tradition by bringing together the disparate elements of our community with a welcoming, inclusive setting and with cultural events and offerings that highlight our burgeoning local foods movement.

We’re building upon a rich history.  The Inn first opened in 1808 during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, served as a hospital for troops injured in the War of 1812 and as an illicit liquor cache during Prohibition. John Brown’s widow Mary stayed at the Inn when her husband’s casket lay across the street at the County couthouse, and the Deer’s Head guest books features entries by U.S. presidents Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland.

But in reconceptualizing the place we’ve thought as much about the foodways of early America as we have about the celebrity ghosts in our halls. In 1808, if you were traveling in rural New York, you would have eaten in a tavern like setting with a prominent bar and a loud, informal atmosphere.  You’d have ambled upstairs to a clean modest room to sleep off your meal, and you’d have had an adjoining market to resupply the next leg of your journey.  Of course the food would have been local (and organic…) -  both electric refrigeration and chemical pesticides were yet to be imagined.

Job description



The newly renovated and re-conceptualized Deer's Head Inn in Elizabethtown, New York is seeking a General Manager to help oversee operations, mission fulfillment and business growth. Originally opened in 1808 The Deer's Head is the longest continuously operating tavern in the Adirondacks and is now a restaurant/bar, retail market/coffee shop, and inn dedicated to creating a communal space and sourcing from the many local farms in the area. The General Manager is responsible for all front-of-house operations including scheduling, collaboration with the chef, ordering for the market, payroll, managing social media promotions, guest interaction, and working with local farms and farmers to do cross-promotions. The manager will report directly to owners.

The right candidate will be passionate about local foods, creating a space that feels like home for locals and travelers alike, is collaborative and positive, and is interested in expanding The Deer’s Head’s engagement with the larger community. We are looking for someone who is a leader and is excited about instilling pride and passion for our mission in the front of house staff and conveying that to customers. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to find their own voice and advance an exciting and important young business. 

Please contact us with a resume and cover letter detailing your restaurant experience. We look forward to hearing from you and will be in touch to schedule an interview!

Compensation this position is : contract Application instructions
This job expired on August 22, 2019
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