My Role as PMCPOA Food and Beverage Manager: A Dream Job to Me

Michael Beurer, PMCPOA Food and Beverage Manager

Hello PMC! I consider my position as Food and Beverage Manager to be a dream job. Prior to taking this position, I had been commuting 65 miles one way to Bakersfield to manage the Original Roadhouse Grill. Now, I can walk to work in five minutes. I love the challenge, and I love the atmosphere here and looking out on the beautiful scenic view. It’s awesome! Everybody has welcomed me with open arms, and I am making new friends and enjoying being part of the community. I have always been a people person.
My goals and aspirations for the restaurant and lounge are to make this a great place to dine with fantastic food and great service. I want to make the experience of dining here something our patrons can be proud of and for this to be a place where they will want to bring guests. I am changing the menus and adding food that appeals to everybody. I’m also looking to do Prime Rib Nights and Baby Back Rib Nights, as well as weekend specials with fish and vegetarian meals. The challenges so far have been finding the necessary help, organizing the restaurant and changing the culture.
I have a long history in the restaurant business, and in the entertainment industry. I grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey outside of Philadelphia in an entertainment family where my father “Dick Lee” was the featured vocalist for the Sid Caesar Show, Dick Clark’s “Band Stand” and the Ernie Kovacs Show. My father also owned a nightclub for 38 years with bands from the ‘50s to the ‘90s such as Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Tramps and Cinderella to name a few. This is what sparked my passion for the restaurant and hospitality industry.
I attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania, were I played Baseball. I moved to New York City in the early ‘80s to pursue an acting career, and waited tables to support myself at The Manhattan Ocean Club. While in New York, I got a role on the Guiding Light soap opera. From there, I moved to California, where I worked for such notable restaurants as Wolfgang Puck’s - Eureka, Tatou of Beverly Hills and the Century Club in L.A. I also produced plays in L.A. and sold some scripts. I was fortunate enough in the movie business to have a mentor in two-time Academy Award-winner Anthony Quinn.
Next, I became the owner/GM of the Roast House in Santa Clarita for seven years, which was a wonderful and rewarding experience. I sold it, and most recently had been managing The Original Roadhouse Grill on Rosedale Avenue in Bakersfield for the past eight years. I have lived in Pine Mountain Club for eight years, and was cleaning out my emails one day about five months ago. I came across one that said that the Clubhouse was looking for a food and beverage manager, and I jumped at the opportunity.
I love living in PMC, it’s the best-kept secret. Outside of work, I enjoy playing golf and I’m a huge football fan. “Go Eagles!” I have a beautiful wife who is a great mom, and I have been married for 35 years. I have two wonderful daughters who are both in college and doing very well.
I enjoy the ever-changing atmosphere and challenges that working in the food and beverage industry brings. A priority for me is to develop strong relationships here; this is the foundation of everything I do, both professionally and personally. So, that said, please come by the Cafe and say hello!