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February 9, 2018

Wanted: Dovetail Cafe Manager

Dovetail Cafe LogoThe Duluth Folk School is hiring a Café Manager to open and operate the new Dovetail Café & Marketplace!

The Duluth Folk School is a vibrant and welcoming place where we teach people traditional skills, help develop community, and have fun! The Dovetail Café & Marketplace is an essential component of the Duluth Folk School, with a mission to serve as a community gathering spot, as well as to serve delightful and delicious fare at reasonable prices to neighbors and visitors.

The Dovetail Café & Marketplace operates within the Duluth Folk School building, and ‘dovetails’ with Duluth Folk School activities. The Café will serve coffee, tea, beer, wine, soup, sandwiches, sweets, treats and other culinary delights! The Marketplace is a consignment shop adjacent to the café, which will sell locally made handcrafted goods. The Community Kitchen will be used for some café prep, as a teaching kitchen, and as a commercial kitchen.

This position will, with full support from the management team, be responsible for starting and managing all aspects of our independent café and marketplace, and overseeing our commercial community kitchen. This includes costing, inventory, staffing/scheduling, ordering, menu planning, and all other aspects of opening a happy and successful café.


  • Must have experience opening successful independent cafés
  • Must be knowledgeable of the local food service industry
  • Must love working with people
  • Must have computer fluency
  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to quality and creativity
  • Must have demonstrated history of guiding, motivating, and inspiring staff
  • Must be strongly committed to working as a team

Working at the Dovetail Cafe will be unlike most other jobs in this industry. In addition to all the regular, cool stuff you’ll be doing, you will also have the opportunity to take classes, teach classes, book entertainment, plan fun events like books clubs, salons, trivia, open mic nights, or…??

*** This position will start at $15/hr at half-time hours, and will transition to full time as the cafe gets closer to opening. As the cafe succeeds, the salary will increase. ***

Does this sound like you?

If so, we’d love to hear from you! Please submit a resume and cover letter to

The Duluth Folk School and the Dovetail Café & Marketplace embrace diversity, and are equal opportunity employers

1 Comment

  • Jennie Westin says:

    I would like to celebrate my birthday dinner on Monday , October 29th at 6 at your establishment. Could I make a reservation for 6? Also, Joe mentioned that it might be possible to bring a bottle of wine???
    Please let me know.
    Thank you,

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1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

Duluth Folk School
Office: 218-216-6929 or
Office Hours: Monday-Friday (9 am – 1 pm)

Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace
Cafe: (218) 481-7888 or
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday (8 am – 8 pm); Monday & Tuesday (8 am – 3 pm)

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