The work done by a busser is essential to the success of a restaurant or food establishment. Tasks performed by those working as a busser contribute behind the scenes to a pleasant dining experience for customers. These tasks include assisting the customer-facing wait staff, transporting dirty dishes to the kitchen, and clearing tables after customers have paid their bill and left the restaurant. The job of a busser is generally considered entry-level and open to individuals currently in high school, to those who have recently completed their high school education, or to those who haven’t completed high school.
A busser can expect shifts that coincide with peak demand at restaurants, which is commonly in the evenings and on the weekends. Frequent interactions with both staff in dining area the kitchen is expected, in order to successfully receive instruction and guidance from the shift manager.
Work done by bussers is performed primarily indoors and may require lifting of weight that could be considered heavy by some. In some circumstances, a restaurant may have an outdoor seating area with a busser assigned to assist in the clearing and cleaning of tables in that specific area of the restaurant. Successful bussers display adaptability and the ability to take instruction from both the wait staff and the supervisor, as the delegation of certain tasks may change throughout a shift.
Clean tables after guests have left and set up tables with clean silverware, glassware and napkins.
Assist wait staff and kitchen staff in various ways.
Stock needed supplies.
Check off and pick up storeroom supplies.
Set up and maintain cleanliness of work station.