Goodfellow's Restaurants

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

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:

Our Jobs

Goodfellow's positions include:

  • Front of House - Host, Waitstaff, Bartenders, Floor Manager and Bussers.
  • Kitchen - Pantry/Prep, Line Cook, Sous Chef Kitchen Helpers, and Housekeepers.

Sander's Candy positions include:

  • Managers, Assistant Managers, Sales Clerks, Fudge Makers, and Confectioners.

Chef/Kitchen Manager

Goodfellow's Restaurant

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for execution of the meal and understanding the timing of food production and to have all components of ready for consumption
  • Responsible for expediting and maintaining the amount of food produced based on forecasted demand during peak and non-peak service times
  • Communicate with the management to maintain the level of food quality that is expected
  • Ensure daily communication between the day and night shifts regarding items that require long cooking times and planning for upcoming meals
  • Communicate any issues to the staff which could affect the service before each meal period
  • Ability to cook and prepare food according to production guidelines and recipes
  • Knowledge of food product, identification, and acceptable level of food quality
  • Must know methods of food preparation, cooking times, and portion sizes to insure food is prepared in prescribed manner
  • Cuts, trims, bones and carves meats and poultry for cooking
  • Evaluate food quality and preparedness by tasting
  • Ensure food is stored at the appropriate temperature for the appropriate length of time and follows all food safety standards
  • Evaluate front-of-house presentation and make changes to food displays as needed
  • Sets up/Breaks down work station
  • Maintains a clean, safe and sanitary work station, equipment, and utensils
  • Must be trained to safely operate all kitchen equipment (choppers, slicers, ovens, steamers, a variety of knives, etc.)
  • Responsible for training servers on use of correct portions when cutting, preparing, and serving items
  • Maintain production results of each meal
  • Communicate with management regarding food product that needs to be ordered for upcoming production plans
  • Report safety hazards discovered in the location to management immediately

Required Qualifications:

  • Culinary training or degree
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be a self-starter, well organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to work in a team environment and demonstrate excellent customers service
  • Must have the ability to manage and support the kitchen staff
  • Minimum 5 years experience in the food service industry as a cook
  • Must be able to use a computer and POS system as well as MS Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)

Cooks : Line, Breakfast, Grill, Pantry and Pizza Station

Goodfellow's Restaurant

Position Summary: The Cook is responsible for cooking and preparing food according to recipes and production guidelines while adhering to food safety, food handling, and sanitation procedures.  The Cook should safely handle knives and equipment such as grills, fryers, ovens, broilers, etc.  Essential functions and responsibilities of the position may vary by location based on client requirements and business needs. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Cooks and prepare a variety of food according to production guidelines and standardized recipes
  • Sets up workstation with all needed ingredients and equipment
  • Prepares ingredients by measuring, weighing, mixing, chopping, trimming, and peeling food items
  • Safely utilizes a variety of utensils including knives
  • Operates equipment such as ovens, stoves, slicers, mixers, etc.
  • Bakes, roasts, broils, steams, and uses a variety of cooking methods on meat, vegetables, and other foods
  • Arranges, garnishes, and portions food according to established guidelines
  • Properly stores food by adhering to food safety policies and procedures
  • Cleans and sanitizes work areas, equipment, and utensils
  • Maintains excellent customer service and positive attitude towards the guest, customers, clients, co-workers, etc.
  • Adheres to safety policies and procedures including proper food safety and sanitation
  • Ensures security of company assets
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned by manager


  • Experience as a cook or in a related role required
  • Proven knowledge of the basic principles of food preparation, various cooking methods, and food safety regulations such as proper food handling, sanitation, and storage
  • Must be able to obtain food safety certification
  • Demonstrates basic math and counting skills
  • Demonstrates interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Requires occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling of up to 25 lbs.
Front of House

Experienced Servers/Waitstaff

Goodfellow's Restaurant

Job Summary:  This position is responsible for providing the highest level of food and beverage service in accordance with Goodfellow's standards.  Serves food and beverages to 20-30 guests at a time.  Clears and re-sets tables quickly and efficiently.  Practices “aggressive hospitality” and shows professionalism with guests, co-workers, and management.

Essential Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Reports to property on time and in proper uniform.
  • Checks with Manager for assigned dining room station, opening side work, and closing side work duties.
  • Reports to line-up for review of the day’s activities, groups in house, and menus.
  • Sets-up, organizes, maintains, and closes the restaurant or banquet functions ensuring that areas are stocked and cleaned.
  • Moves quickly with good balance carrying up to 20 lb. on a tray.
  • Converses with guests, makes suggestions, and answers questions regarding food and beverages constantly.
  • Clears and re-sets tables constantly. 
  • Maintains cleanliness of tables at all times - clearing empty glassware, plates, etc.
  • Maintains full knowledge of menu items and specials.
  • Rings all food and beverage items into the POS computer accurately at all times.
  • Communicates with guest and co-workers in a friendly and professional manner.
  • Participates in proper sanitation and food handling procedures.
  • Maintains full knowledge of service standards.
  • Follows the Goodfellow's Business Conduct Policy.
  • Must be T.I.P’s certified and follow all rules and guidelines set forth for ensuring responsible beverage service.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


  • At least one-year experience as a food server within a restaurant, hotel, or conference center operation. 
  • Any related customer service/oriented experience will be considered.
  • Requires full understanding and knowledge of food and beverage standards.
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate in fluent English.
  • Must be of legal age to serve alcohol.
  • Possess interpersonal skills and an outgoing personality.
  • Ability to move quickly while balancing large and small trays of food and drinks to and from service areas.

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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