We believe our associate’s experience is equally as important as our guest’s experience. Our associate's happiness and growth is the key ingredient to our success. We hire happy people! Find your happiness at Rusty Bucket!

Our restaurants represent our founder’s vision of genuine hospitality: friendly service in a relaxed setting. In order for our associates to bring this vision to life for our guests, they must feel supported by our team and share our commitment to our values and goals. We put our associates first and in turn, they take great care of our guests!

Bucket Life is our definition of “The Good Life.” It encompasses the company’s culture and philosophies and is supported daily by the following elements:

  • Commitment to Quality

  • Dedication to Local Communities

  • Family Matters

  • Genuine Hospitality

  • The Answer is Yes! Communities




The first and most important focus of our Culture is to engage every Associate with a shared commitment to our values, goals, and management process. Essentially our Associates at every level need to understand the answers to the following questions:



We are “a fun, fast, friendly neighborhood tavern.”



To develop a successful restaurant company that can provide growth opportunities for the business and every associate.



To make “Raving Fans” of our Associates, Guests, purveyors, partners, and the communities in which we do business.



To create a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment where all are valued, welcomed, heard, and supported.



Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern is comprised of unique individuals who contribute to the synergy of a thriving organization built on hospitality. Our WHOLE Commitment is a collaborative partnership between all Associates to inspire and support one another. Rusty Bucket’s inclusive culture based on our core philosophies, advocates awareness, sensitivity, and fairness, so all Associates feel welcome, heard, and valued. We are committed to understanding different perspectives with curiosity and respect, which will allow us to grow together and achieve our full potential.


We believe in taking care of our associates! Along with work-life balance, career development & positive workplace, we offer outstanding benefits to both hourly & salaried associates.


Hourly Benefits*


  • Health, Dental and Vision insurance options
  • 401(k) with matching
  • Vacation days
  • Closed holidays (new year’s day, memorial day, independence day, labor day, thanksgiving, christmas eve & christmas day)
  • Dining discount at all Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern and Cameron Mitchell restaurants
  • Growth opportunities
  • Future Leader Program

*Some restrictions apply based on tenure and average hours worked.


Salaried Benefits


  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Paid time off! Vacation, personal and sick days
  • Paid holidays off
  • Flexible dependent and health spending accounts
  • 401 (k)
  • Short & long-term disability
  • Company-paid life insurance
  • Associate assistance program (EAP)
  • Discounts galore!
  • House charge account (aka free money!)
  • Dining discounts at all Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern and Cameron Mitchell restaurants
  • Maternity & Paternity leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Work with a team of incredible associates. Our teams are like family! We support each other, invest in one another, and challenge you to become the best version of yourself!


We strive to mentor, train and develop our associates for their next opportunity at every level. Build your leadership and technical skills at Rusty Bucket! We look forward to helping you become your future self as you map out your road trip to success as a Bucket-Lifer!


We are committed to the growth of all of our associates. We strongly believe in promoting from within our four “rusty” walls. Over 75% of our current restaurant leaders began their journey with us as hourly associates; dishwashers, cooks, servers, hosts, bartenders, and bussers! Their promotions were sparked from their involvement in our future leader program.
The future leader program teaches you the general knowledge of our restaurant operations, leadership style and the ability to say ‘the answer is yes, what is the question?' to everyone we come in contact with. The program was created to assist associates with little to zero previous management experience, giving them the time to learn the necessary skill set to be successful as a manager. Each associate will continue to work their hourly position while training to be a future leader.

The future leader program is a very unique benefit offered to all associates interested in growing their careers in this exciting industry. To be a successful future leader, you must be self-drive to take your experience and career to the next level. Each associate's journey is different based on their commitment and knowledge to the program. We promise you, it’s worth the ride! What are you waiting for?!


We are a "ProStart® Preferred Partner" for the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The ProStart® program was developed to increase the quality and employability of today's high school students studying Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

From the charitable donations from our annual golf outing, Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern presents a scholarship to a deserving ProStart student each year at the “Celebration of the Stars,” held in Columbus, Ohio.  

For more information on ProStart®, please visit their website at


RBRT is an Equal Opportunity Employer celebrating diversity & committed to creating an inclusive environment for all Associates.

Culture Club

Our culture is what defines our organization. It’s so important, we decided to give it its own club! We believe work should be fun, therefore, we mix a good time with giving back. Along with our company outings (sporting events, annual Taco Throwdown and holiday parties just to name a few), we are heavily involved in our local communities. Throughout each year, our teams participate in a multitude of local charities. Have a special cause you're passionate about? Bring it to Culture Club!

Columbus Stonewall Pride Parade
Columbus Stonewall Pride Parade
Columbus Stonewall Pride Parade
Columbus Stonewall Pride Parade
Salvation Army Thanksgiving Breakfast
Salvation Army Thanksgiving Breakfast
Salvation Army Thanksgiving Breakfast
Salvation Army Thanksgiving Breakfast
Annual Taco Throwdown
Annual Taco Throwdown

"The fun, fast-paced and friendly environment of the Rusty Bucket is perfect for me!"

Theresa, Worthington Rusty Bucket