Restaurant General Manager (GM)

Rate of pay$80000 - 100000 per year
  • Are you a strong leader, with the ability to spot talent and develop healthy and high-performing teams?
  • Do you live and breathe hospitality? Are you obsessed with making people feel welcome, valued, and taken care of?
  • Are you a bit fanatical about the details, making sure things are buttoned-up and done just right?
  • Are you super comfortable with a P+L, a budget, and running a profitable restaurant?
  • Do you love the excitement or a new restaurant opening, and the challenge of rolling up your sleeves to get it done?
  • Are you the type of person that takes your career seriously, but doesn't take yourself too seriously?

Yes?! Then YOU should join our team!


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Here are some of the perks!

  • PPO medical, dental, + vision Insurance with 50% company contribution
  • 401K retirement savings plan w/ 3% company match
  • 2 weeks of paid time off + 5 sick days
  • Back-to-back days off (typically Sunday + Monday)
  • A generous, never-expires, $250 monthly food + drink allowance
  • A free, $25 dining allowance every day you work
  • A 50% employee discount on food before + after your shifts
  • A 20% employee discount on food + drinks anytime you're not working, for you + your whole table
  • Monthly gift card rewards for giving recognition to your team (+ for getting it, too!)
  • Access to lots of company-paid business coaching + resources
  • Access to an all-paid leadership book club; grow yourself personally + professionally
  • As a company, we run on EOS; so we're a collaborative, strategic, and winning team (i.e. no more meetings that just waste your time - promise!)
  • Quarterly, off-site meetings with the whole leadership team - to recenter, refocus, and set goals that actually matter
  • An annual, 2-day retreat with the whole leadership team - a break from working in the business to work on it
  • Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Easter, + your birthday off, automatically
  • The opportunity to grow quickly with a forward-thinking company that regularly reinvests in itself and it's people
  • The flexibility to optimize your own role - we'll teach you how to to get the things you don't like and aren't good at off your back, so you can focus on doing the things you do like and are good at



As our General Manager you'll have a seat on our leadership team, and be at the helm of all things restaurant operations.

This position is transitionary, in that you'll work and learn the ropes as a General Manager first, hire and develop your replacement, and then do the same at our new restaurant when it opens.

These are the results our General Manager will be hired to accomplish:

  • » Hiring + Developing High-Performing Restaurant Teams
  • » Championing Hospitality + the Guest Experience
  • » Developing + Optimizing Restaurant Systems + Processes
  • » Managing Profitable Restaurant P+L's
  • » Opening Our New Restaurant in La Grange


The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $100,000 depending on relevant experience, with quarterly bonus potential based on sales, profitability, and completion of special projects.

Work Schedule

This position is full-time and salaried, with a semi-set schedule that allows for flexibility. Days off are scheduled back-to-back, regularly Sundays and Mondays. Our General Manager will work 5 days, and typically 50 hours per week.


Here are some of our must-haves + would-like-to-haves:

  • At least 3 years of high-volume restaurant experience in a General Manager role
  • At least 2 years of upscale or fine-dining experience in a General Manager role, strongly preferred
  • Multi-unit restaurant management experience, strongly preferred
  • A Bachelor's degree in hospitality management or similar, strongly preferred
  • Sommelier or Cicerone certifications, strongly preferred
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must have open availability
  • Must have the ability to regularly work 50+ hours per week
  • Must have a valid driver's license + sole access to a personal vehicle


Wooden Paddle is hybrid restaurant and catering company. Our focus is communal, wood-fired comfort food and artsy cocktails. We don't take ourselves too seriously, but we take our food, drinks, and service extremely seriously.

And we're growing! We're opening up a 2nd restaurant in La Grange in early 2024, an event venue in mid 2024, and a rooftop bar in mid 2025. Opportunities for growth are everywhere here!

Wooden Paddle - Lemont

212 Stephen St, Lemont, IL, 60439