New Quaker Steak and Lube Hiring 150 Employees

The Pennsylvania-based restaurant is expected to open its doors at 15314 Detroit Avenue on Aug. 15.

The new is bringing as many 150 new jobs with it.

The full-time and part-time positions include cooks, servers, bartenders, bussers and dishwashers.

The restaurant has already hired 130 people, said general manager Tony Pepe.

"And most of them are Lakewood residents," he said.

There are still 20 additional positions — including some servers — that need to be filled.

“That’s a lot of jobs,” said Mayor Michael Summers. “The nice thing about those jobs is there are variety of skill levels. If you’re looking for a job, it’s great news.”

As construction at the new restaurant — affectionately called "The Lube" — moves along, a trailer has been posted behind the near the new restaurant for those interested in applying in person.

Those interested are encouraged to stop by between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Employee training is set to start at the beginning of August. 

The restaurant — perhaps best-known for its wings — is a smaller version than most of its locations.

But this “concept store” is anything but typical.

At 6,600 square feet, this Quaker Steak and Lube is much smaller than most of the others across the country. 

"This is our first urban location in the country," said David Miller, the company's vice president of operations, who has been staying in the area while work on the restaurant wraps up. "We could have done a bigger (restaurant), but we think this will fit the neighborhood very well."

The Pennsylvania-based restaurant chain is expected to open its doors at 15314 Detroit Avenue on Aug. 15.

"We really want to be involved in the community," said Pepe. "Because that's what we're about."

Chris Olsen July 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Anyone working here on an hourly wage is going to be making minimum wage, maybe 10 bucks an hour with good experience. Hardly living wages for most involved. It's a restaurant not Microsoft Headquarters!
Steve July 15, 2012 at 08:23 PM
So what you are saying is I should be jumping for joy like Mayor Summers, for more minimum wage jobs? He makes it sound like a Microsoft Headquarters, with a whopping 150 jobs...
Evan Hammersmith July 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
the unemployment rate for teens and young people is always higher than the average overall. 150 jobs gives 150 teens/ young people a chance to not be lazy and pathetic. That's always good for Lakewood.
Jesse July 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I'm as liberal as the next Lakewood citizen, but does every new business in Lakewood need to be booed? Quaker Steak & Lube is still a family owned business - started in Sharon, PA. A good server on a Friday night will likely pull down $150 for that day only, probably at least $500 a week. That IS a living wage. Lastly, I doubt there will be bike night will roaring Harleys in Lakewood. It just can't happen there and they should know that after going through the planning process. This may not be the ideal tenant for that spot, but not every business can be a single store start-up. Lakewood could have done worse.
Mark Buckley July 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I applaud Steak and Lube for making a conscious effort to build to scale in an urban setting. Perhaps Drug Mart and their biggest fan (Mr. Siley) could learn something from this. It's New Urbanism 101.


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