Beverage & Wine Director – New Restaurant Opening


Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions

Beverage & Wine Director – New Restaurant Opening Los Angeles CA
$90000 – $100000

Highly anticipated Italian restaurant opening soon in West Hollywood is seeking a world-class Wine & Beverage Director to join their team. The concept has a strong opening wine program in place, but looking for someone to take over ownership of the program and maintain its excellence, while supporting opening activities across all beverage channels. This role will also spearhead ordering, inventory, tastings, and training/education of staff. Ideally this person will also act as a Floor Somm when needed, and candidates should enjoy interacting with guests and leading by example on the floor. This is a very robust wine & beverage program that will require a high level of organization. Experience with and strong knowledge of Italian wines is highly preferred. Great opportunity to be part of a very exciting opening!

Responsibilities & Candidate Qualifications:

  • 3+ years’ experience as a Wine Director, Beverage Director, Bar Director, or comparable beverage management role OR 5+ years’ experience as a Lead Sommelier, Wine Manager, or Beverage Manager in a full-service, fine-dining or upscale restaurant concept is required
  • Experience and knowledge of Italian wine is highly preferred
  • Michelin or James Beard recognized experience highly preferred
  • Chef Driven experience preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of wine & spirits; including characteristics, wineries, regions, varietals, food pairings and service
  • Passionate, hands-on leader
  • Ability to train and educate staff
  • Creative and collaborative
  • Knowledge of Food & Beverage service, spirits & cocktails, creating and developing, cost control, labor control, maintenance, merchandising & accounting
  • Must have a flexible schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Passion and dedication to consistently educate the team and guests on beverage offerings, pairings and tasting notes
  • Commitment to creating a welcoming, memorable, and unique guest experience
  • Ability to manage inventory while maximizing profitability¬†
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and always puts the guest first
  • Detail oriented – especially product quality and safety, sanitation, and cleanliness
  • Ability to create strong relationships with guests and staff
  • Highly organized and efficient
  • Clear communicator and strong listener
  • Understands and analyzes costs and inventory and course corrects as needed
  • Maintain health, safety and sanitation standards
  • Understand and comply with CA labor laws

Compensation Includes:

  • Base Salary in the $90-100k range DOE + Wine Commissions
  • 100% Medical Coverage
  • PTO
  • Dining Discounts

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