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Another Side of a Restaurant Manager's Job

There was a time when the differently-abled were hidden away, isolated, or ignored in public life. Today, changes in society's attitudes and changes in the law have made it possible for the disabled to participate in every facet of life. Making all kinds of customers feel welcome and comfortable is at the center of the job description for a restaurant general manager.

Restaurant Managers Welcome Everyone

If you are interested in a restaurant career but you don't want to study to be a chef, you might think about attending a restaurant management school. You'll learn all the aspects of a restaurant manager's job, including how to work with the chefs, waiters, bookkeepers, bartenders, publicists, and above all, the public. One of the things you'll find out, both in restaurant management school, and many times during your restaurant management career, is that the public comes in all sizes and shapes.

Of course, the restaurant's owner makes the decisions regarding the outfitting of the establishment. However, the restaurant manager's job give many possibilities to influence those decisions.

What Does a Restaurant Manager Do?

The Americans with Disabilities Act defines many of the conditions that must be met by any premises that serves the public. For example, the entrances and restrooms must accommodate wheelchairs. On the other hand, the law is just a beginning. Eating establishments are free to go much further. One popular vegetarian restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut has been fully accessible and had menus in Braille long before there were disability laws.

This summer a new restaurant catering to the needs of the hearing impaired opened in Rome's Marconi district. The restaurant personnel take orders in sign language and the diners are entertained by movies with subtitles while they enjoy their dinner.

It's all a matter of degree, and you'll have lots of chances to help people as part of your restaurant management career.