Employment


We strive to hire a people who are looking to be part of something and invest in the culture of Meritage. We have very little turn over as a house, so apply with us and see if a career with Meritage would be the right fit.


Currently, we are hiring for the positions below:

  • Back of House
    • Line Cook
    • Dishwasher
  • Front of House
    • Service Assistant
    • Bar Server/Bartender
    • FOH Manager/Assistant Wine Director

From this page you can: download an application, submit your resume, or contact us with any questions, please scroll down.


BACK OF HOUSE POSITIONS  

Line Cook - Experienced Position
Always looking for strong additions to our Brigade. Successful applicants will also possess the following:

  • comfort and familiarity with culinary skills
    (we are not a kitchen to cut your teeth in)
  • autonomous working ability and a self-starter
  • a real interest/need to work in an independent chef-driven environment
  • desire to continue learning with a recognition that when you're good you always are
  • a real interest in food and passion for the job

Dishwasher
-Qualified Applicants will possess:

  • a strong sense of urgency
  • motivation to perform in a busy environment
  • experience in a high-volume, fast-paced kitchen
  • reliable work ethic
  • be a team player be able to lift 40 lbs and work in a safe manner
  • must be able to work Sundays

FRONT OF HOUSE POSITIONS

Host/Service Assistant
-We consider these positions our "farm team" for front of house development.  We prefer to grow our staff from within the company.  So, this is a great position for someone looking to transition to independent from corporate environments, and a place to learn the essential service standards to be successful in this industry.  If this intrigues you, the following are also characteristic of successful applicants:

  • an ability to move quickly and a motivation to be in a face-paced professional environment
  • strong work ethic and sense of personal responsibility
  • must want to be a team player, and is seeking to learn and be part of something
  • be able to lift 25 lbs and work in a safe manner
  • must be able to stand and be on feet for long periods of time
  • must be able to work Saturdays & Sundays

 

Bartender/Bar Server
-We RARELY hire for the bar, but are just too busy not to at this point. We are going into theatre season, and are in need of a "seasoned" bartender (exposure to craft, experience in chef-driven environments strongly preferred). The position may also be trained for the floor as a Bar Server, which is an extremely high-volume position, which requires strong organizational skills and communication. The bartending shifts bolded below are required availability, and an anticipated "fixed schedule":

  • an ability to move quickly and a motivation to be in a face-paced professional environment
  • strong work ethic and sense of personal responsibility
  • must want to be a team player, and is seeking to learn and be part of something (we have a tight-knit crew)
  • be able to lift 25 lbs and work in a safe manner
  • must be able to stand and be on feet for long periods of time (shifts can be 10+ hours)
  • must be able to work Saturdays & Sundays - schedule:
    • Monday: off
    • Tuesday: potential "Pre-Event" serving shift
    • Wednesday: potential "Pre-Event" serving shift
    • Thursday: potential "Pre-Event" serving shift
    • Friday: Bartend 2pm - 10pm
    • Saturday: Bartend 12pm - 9pm
    • Sunday: Bartend 12pm - 9pm

 

FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER / ASSISTANT WINE DIRECTOR
Our management team is very hands-on, and becoming part of it requires passion for the industry and a strong work ethic. Must be able to keep pace and have the chops it takes to lead a dynamic crew. We take what we do seriously, while also trying not to take ourselves too seriously.

We believe in creating experiences, and having a heart for hospitality and positive energy is important to us.  This is what we do - hospitality as a career - and it is what daunts us as well. Working for a shop like Meritage is a lifestyle, not just a job. We are a "top-line" oriented restaurant that invests a lot in its staff training (wine school, for example) as well as professional development for our staff and management team. This position has the potential to work directly with and support the wine program at Meritage.

Our wine list is award winning, recently named one of the top 100 wine restaurants in the country for 2018, by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. We were also awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, as well as locally wining the Best Wine List 2018 - Saint Paul in the local Twin Cities Wine Awards (by industry insiders and wine aficionados). We have strong educational offerings for staff and guests, and we participate in cultural outreach and celebrations. We are seeking someone who understands the wine world, but also has perspective and chops for the floor, events, leadership, and a love of our industry too. Service is primary.  

Working with us is like joining a family, you are part of something bigger than yourself. Personal investment is a job expectation. We are looking for staff members who are looking for a community to grow with - in truth, compensation in our world is much more than a paycheck. We strive for intrinsically rewarding.

Must Haves:

  • Independent/Chef Driven/Fine Dining experience, 3+ years required (we need to know you've seen real food) and working for an independent is a very different experience than working for a large restaurant group or company. It's a life-style.
  • In-depth wine knowledge and a passion for talking about it - this position will assist in supporting all of our wine programs, and will handle intake, inventory, as well as day-to-day sales of the list as an active Sommelier/Wine Steward on the floor in the evenings. Certification is not important to us, but exposure and passion is.
  • True interest in floor management and leadership; desire to be part of continuous development of skills for staff as well as for self. The willingness to get in and work right alongside the staff. And, the understanding that part of the job in management is supporting the team. This is a "hands-on" position. We're a busy shop.
  • Commitment to and love for the industry.
  • Desire to continue growth, and the attitude that this is your career not your job.
  • An positive attitude and appreciation for continued development - we send all of our staff through advanced training (8 weeks of wine school, for example) and support ongoing professional development. We invest in our people and expect our people to invest in us.

Important Factors:

  • knowledge of service standards and the ability to enforce them
  • a deep knowledge and/or appreciation of food and wine
  • the ability to see the forest for the trees is necessary
  • should be well read and/or well traveled
  • language skills in French? C'est bon !
  • should love being in restaurants
  • strong preference given to applicants with management experience, though we are also looking for someone whom can grow with us 

Compensation: $40k - $50k to start (based upon experience) + personalized benefits package

Benefits: 2 weeks paid vacation, parking, healthcare allowance (we do not offer healthcare internally, MNsure is better than anything we would be able to offer, so we try to focus our resources elsewhere to assist our staff), education/professional development expense account/support, staff incentives (i.e.: Saints tickets, special events and picnics, field trips), plus daily meals at Meritage! In addition, an amazing staff to manage, a house you can be proud to be part of, autonomy and room for growth.

Hours: about 45-50 per week, sometimes less, sometimes more. 2 days off per week.
Rough schedule outline: Tuesday - Saturday evenings 4pm - 12am-ish, Sunday & Monday's off (except for 2 events; Bastille Day & Oysterfest), and 2 holidays (Easter & Mother's Day). We are closed July 4th, Christmas and New Years Day, all of which are paid holidays.
 


Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Please send your resume via email or you can drop it off in person.
We will accept resumes for these positions until we find the right candidate.
Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to every inquiry due to the volume we receive
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To apply for a position at Meritage please complete the following:

Email us your resume

Download the Application
Print it out, fill it in and send it to us via scanned doc (contact@meritage-stpaul.com),
fax it to us (651.222.5677) or drop it off in-person, preferably Tuesday-Friday between 2-4pm.

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