Hello. My name is Emily Burt and I am the Senior Training Manager for Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern. I proudly celebrated my 16-year anniversary with our company in January. While my career started as a part-time host gig at Mitchell’s Ocean Club and included a few years behind the bar at Cap City Gahanna, I found my home with Rusty Bucket when was hired as a bartender to open our seventh location in Westerville in April 2008.
After graduating that same spring from The Ohio State University with a BS, our now VP, Jim Sauter, who was my Regional Director at the time, asked what I was doing with my degree and I replied, “Bartending.” He then asked if I would be interested in going into management. Later that month I was training to become a Dining Room Manager.
I was the General Manager of two Columbus locations before joining Team Training under my fearless leader and mentor, Angie Everett, Director of Training. In this role I have had the opportunity to be a part of opening 10 new Rusty Bucket locations, remodeling almost just as many, hosting countless manager meetings, and get to work closely with our Operations Team throughout all company initiatives. But my favorite responsibility: teaching our managers ServSafe – a food safety course created by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. I love being able to teach our managers something so integral to our success and to the health and wellbeing of our Associates and Guests.
When I started working at Mitchell’s Ocean Club in 2005 I never imagined the career I would build with this incredible group of restauranteurs. My Rusty Bucket Family has been there for me through thick and thin. I am so lucky to be a part of this company.
When I am not enjoying the delicious fare at one of our locations or a Cameron Mitchell sister restaurant, my favorite place in Columbus to dine is Arepazo Tapas and Wine. Their Latin American cuisine is unmatched in my opinion. I have never eaten something I did not enjoy, their cocktails are hand-crafted and delicious, and their service is always outstanding. I would highly recommend giving them a try if you haven’t already.