This opportunity would be the perfect fit for a visionary hotel and restaurant professional that is passionate about food and the art of hospitality. We are looking for someone who is energetic and passionate about hospitality and wants to create a warm and inviting place for our historic, revitalized Inn. The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic to push this project forward through the renovation and towards new initiatives and exciting improvements. We will need someone who is results driven, proactive and enjoys working in an entrepreneurial environment. The Hotel and Restaurant General Manager will collaborate with management on the decision-making of policies, goals, staffing and overall direction of Cuyama Buckhorn and will be responsible for the successful implementation of this extraordinary endeavor. Here is your chance to make your mark along with owners who are developing exciting programming to include food, music and art events to appeal to creative enthusiasts.
responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the entire property
Hiring and personnel management of all staff
Providing continual training for all staff to ensure that service standards are consistently met
Providing leadership and direction to all departments
Monitoring and controlling hotel’s P&L, and overseeing restaurant financials, to ensure operational expenses and labor costs are met
Reporting financial reports and any issues that may arise to ownership
Developing creative ideas for the property to drive sales, improve the facility, increase staff engagement and morale, improve and create systems and processes, and improve guest experience
Collaborating and implementing marketing and sales initiatives with the owners and management team
Building positive relationships with guests, staff, potential clients, owners, suppliers, partners and members of the local community
Being available off-hours, when necessary
Willing and available to work weekends and holidays
3-4 years in a leadership role in hospitality, preferably a hotel with full service (BLD) and bar
Part of an opening team of a restaurant/hotel, or experience working at a property through a major renovation a major plus!
Strong understanding of the financials involved in operating a successful hotel and restaurant
A people person, with strong communication skills, who is able to build a collaborative team and trusting relationships
Strong leadership skills, management skills, customer relations skills, training skills, and project management skills
The successful candidate will need to live/relocate to Cuyama, CA. Housing will be provided for the right candidate
Can be a great opportunity for a couple, family or local farm / ranch family. A newly furnished 2 bed / 1 bath home near the property will be available for the Hotel & Restaurant General Manager and their family.
A strong interest in creative endeavors including the arts, music, and culinary arts a plus!
We understand this is a unique circumstance and we are willing to help the right candidate with relocation and housing needs.
This opportunity would suit someone with an interest in one or more of the following lifestyles:
Passion for the boutique industry
Passion for the outdoors and outdoor activities/sports (Cuyama is surrounded by Los Padres National Forest, Wildlife Refuges and Carrizo Plain National Monument)
Enjoys living in a rural community
Interest in creative pursuits including, the arts, music and culinary arts
Interest & or passion for farm-to-table cuisine
Interest in farming, ranching, and/or viticulture
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Hotel Management or Business Management.
Previous experience in food service, preferably front- and back-of-house.
Ability to communicate in a language other than English, preferable Spanish.
Certification of previous training in liquor, wine and food service.
Previous formal culinary training.
Certification in alcohol awareness program.
Certification in management training.
Previous guest relations training.
Ability to regularly lift and/or move up to 20 lbs.
Ability to stand for long periods of time and move frequently from area to area.
Ability to sit at a desk / work station for up to eight hours.
About cuyama Buckhorn:
Located in California’s high desert, within Santa Barbara County, Cuyama Buckhorn is a timeless, mid-century modern inn and restaurant. Cuyama Buckhorn was founded in 1952 as a roadside stop for weary travelers to enjoy a meal in good company and rest up before continuing on their journey. More than 60 years later, Cuyama Buckhorn remains a historic establishment and a local gem in The Hidden Valley of Enchantment.
Co-owners Ferial Sadeghian and Jeff Vance are restoring the property and improving the footprint with a redesigned restaurant, coffee shop, event spaces and in 2020, a pool, new lobby and renovated guest rooms.
They are working to restore and improve the property and business model by highlighting the history of the surrounding valley and Cuyama Buckhorn; restoring the mid-century style of the property; and sourcing food, beverage and retail offerings from local valley and neighboring city partners. The inn and grounds are undergoing a full renovation, which, once complete, will feature a new lobby, outdoor and indoor event and meeting spaces, 21 revitalized hotel rooms, a new pool, and more.
One of our property’s most iconic elements is The Buckhorn Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant has many treasured favorites, such as the Santa Maria tri-tip grilled on the property’s cherished Red Oak grill. While The Buckhorn will always offer nostalgic classics, the eatery is being updated, including the addition of the Buck Stop Coffee Shop and a more farm-to-table focused menu through partnerships with surrounding farms, ranches and wineries. The Buck Stop Coffee Shop, is bringing high quality, California-roasted coffee to Cuyama in partnership with Verve Coffee Roasters.
The Buckhorn team is also working on a full catering and events department with banquet menu offerings. The restaurant currently hosts events including, reunions, large birthday parties, car club lunches, and other private events, with the goal of expanding this department for weddings, retreats and larger gatherings.