Goodfellow's Restaurants

Goodfellow's Wine Cellar
Goodfellow's Wing & Things Bar

Work and Play on Mackinac Island This Summer!

Summer Jobs on Mackinac with three of the Island's favorite employers including Goodfellow's Italian Chophouse, Goodfellow's Wings and Things and Goodfellow's Wine Cellar.

All three Restaurants are located downtown and offer a great opportunity to learn while making great money in a fun and exciting work atmosphere.

About Goodfellow's Restaurants

Goodfellow's Italian Chophouse is located on the corner of Hoban and Main streets in the Lake View Hotel serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and guarantee a fun work atmosphere.

Goodfellow's Wing and Things Sports Bar and Goodfellow's Wine Cellar are both located in the Lake View Hotel and are two of Mackinac's most popular Bars.

We operate seasonally between April 15th and October 31st each summer - The best time to be in Michigan!

The Employee Experience

Mackinac Island is a great seasonal job experience offering many work opportunities.  Mackinac is both a small City and a State Park all on one Island.  There are no automobiles, only bicycles and horses for transportation, 75% of the Island is Park with many miles of trails to explore.  We are Michigan's first State Park with Fort Mackinac built in 1780 by the British overlooking downtown and a natural harbor.  

Ferry boats bring over 800,000 visitors a season to Mackinac from the mainland during our busy season of May through October.  Visitors are from all 50 states plus many other countries - Disney ranked Mackinac as one of the top 5 family-friendly islands to visit; Conde Nast magazine ranked Mackinac in the top 10 Island resorts to visit.  

There are over 4000 summer staff from all over the country as well as many parts of the world.  We employee 75 staff members between the two restaurants.  Positions available are bartenders, servers, hosts, line cooks, prep cooks, housekeepers.  We have housing available, both apartments and dorms, fully furnished with kitchen, internet, cable TV and laundry available on site.  Rent is $125.00 per week and includes all utilities.

Work is normally 5 shifts a week totaling 40 hours, but maybe more during peak times.  All staff work both day and evening shifts.  There is an Island recreation department that offers many organizes recreation sports and classes that is open to all staff.

Mackinac offers a great chance to meet both workers and visitors from around the country that often become lifelong friends and conduits to other possible jobs around the country.  Work and life on Mackinac is truly a unique experience that will provide lasting memories.

Ideal Candidate

Goodfellow's Restaurants are looking for motivated and experienced employees for both the front of house and culinary positions. A perfect candidate is energetic, outgoing and hard-working, and of course, likes to have fun while being challenged.

Room and Board

Housing is available and consists of both dormitory style rooms and shared apartments.  All units require a bedroom with a roommate.

All units are non-smoking and pets are not permitted at any time. All housing has cooking areas, coin laundry, Cable TV, and wireless internet is available.

Rent is figured on a weekly basis and requires a deposit upon moving in. Employees are responsible for their own sheets, linens, and personal items.

Employee Perks

All Employees receive a 33% discount at all our sister properties including Goodfellow's Restaurants, Sanders Candy's and the Lake View Hotel.

Mackinac is a special place.  Coming to work on Mackinac Island (An Indian word pronounced Mack-in-aw) is like stepping back in time - a place where there are no cars, only horses, and bicycles.  A five-mile ferry boat ride brings you to Mackinac Island.  There is a natural harbor downtown, with Fort Mackinac (built by the British Army in 1780) overlooking the town. Lots of info about Mackinac Island and wonderful pics can be found on the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau website.

Mackinac is a great place to meet people from all over the country and world.  Each year 800,000 plus visitors come to visit Mackinac and enjoy the natural beauty and relax in the fresh air of the upper Great Lakes.

The summer working atmosphere is much like a small college campus with over 4,000 summer employees from all over the country and world.  You will meet many new coworkers, make new friends and interact with many of the Island’s visitors.  A job on Mackinac is an opportunity to make a good wage while providing a quality hospitality experience to our many visitors.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Mackinac Island is located between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. For those who arrive by automobile, there is frequent ferry service to the Island from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace with ample seasonal parking facilities.

Commercial airlines from Detroit provide daily service to the Pellston Airport just 12 miles south of the Mackinaw City. Taxi service between the Pellston Airport and Mackinac City ferry docks is available.

There are no cars on Mackinac Island. Transportation is by horse-drawn carriages or bicycles. Consider bringing your bike!

For Fun

Mackinac Island offers many recreational and cultural activities. For more information, please visit:

How to Apply

Please complete and submit an application. You may send a resume as well, but only applicants who have completed our online application will be considered.

While we're updating our Sander's Candy application, please use the Goodfellow's application and indicate that you are applying for Sander's Candy.

Goodfellow's Application

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