Frankie & Benny’s is the New York and Italian-themed restaurant and bar chain which operates from over 200 branches in the United Kingdom. The chain has in fact always been owned by British company The Restaurant Group plc, which also runs Chiquito, Garfunkel's and other brand names in the British restaurant and pub industry.
Although the fictional back story of the restaurant chain’s history shows a certain Franki N. Bennie taking over the family business in 1953, the first actual Frankie & Benny’s didn’t open until the mid 1990s, when The Restaurant Group plc opened the first restaurant in Leicester.
If you are looking for a student job outside of Leicester then you will be happy to hear that you can now find Frankie & Benny’s restaurants in London and many other English student towns and cities such as Birmingham, Coventry, Liverpool, Oxford, Newcastle, Leeds, York, Chester, Nottingham, Derby, Cheltenham, Manchester and Brighton.
There are also plenty of Frankie & Benny’s restaurants in Scottish and Welsh areas including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Swansea and Cardiff. To find out where your closest Frankie & Benny’s job might be lurking, you can enter your postcode into their restaurant finder.
So what sort of work is available for students at Frankie & Benny’s?
As you would probably expect, there are lots of bar jobs, waiting staff positions and kitchen opportunities. Frankie & Benny’s need hard working staff for jobs as sous chefs, chefs de Partie, head chefs and kitchen managers.
Like with many jobs in catering and hospitality, there can be lots of flexibility on working hours - which means you could be able to sort out a few shifts during term time which won’t disrupt your studies. Then, during the holidays, you could ask if there are an extra hours available so you can boost your savings.
Frankie & Benny’s are also keen to bring strong candidates up through the ranks into management. So, if you outshine your peers with dedication and good customer service skills, then you could be placed on their dedicated three month management programme. As well as higher basic wages, you could also earn good bonuses if you pass through the programme and hit your targets.
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