Open Position: Worker-Owner (BOH)

Role: Primarily Back-of-House (line/prep cook)
Pay: $18/hour + equal share of annual surplus distribution (likely starting early 2021)
Hours: Wed-Sun evenings; part-time to start
Open until filled

Mirisata is Oregon’s first and only Sri Lankan restaurant, the world’s first and only vegan Sri Lankan restaurant, and Portland’s only worker-owned restaurant. We opened on October 1st and have been getting increasingly busy, so we need to add another person to our team.

This is a unique opportunity to become a worker-owner of a new cooperatively-run business. We are doing things very differently from how restaurants are typically run, so we’re looking for folks who are excited to work together to build a thriving business with strong collaboration and communication.

Desired Experience & Qualifications

These are not requirements -- we’ll work with the right person to build up their skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in small teams, particularly in restaurant or food service settings
  • An interest in vegan cooking, Sri Lankan or other Asian foods, and/or worker-owned cooperatives
  • Back-of-house experience with attention to detail and decent knife skills
  • Experience working in a start-up environment


  • Intention to remain a worker-owner for a minimum of 2 years
  • Flexible schedule
  • Multnomah County Food Handlers card + OLCC server permit
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

Position Responsibilities

As worker-owners, we all contribute wherever is needed and avoid hyper-specialized roles. However, we do each have certain tasks that we’re primarily responsible for. For this role, those include:

  • Vegetable prep
  • Working the line (preparing kottu, deviled chick'n, roti, short eats)
  • Cleaning
  • Measuring spices
  • Attending meetings and participate in cooperative decision-making
Other responsibilities may occasionally include:
  • Operating POS and helping customers
  • Assisting with inventory
  • Grocery runs


New workers participate in a six month trial period before becoming full worker-owners. During this time, you will be paid the same as all other workers and be invited to participate in decision-making conversations, though will not have a formal vote. The trial period may be terminated at any time by 2/3rds vote of the current worker-owners. If the trial period goes smoothly and everyone feels this is a good fit, you will be invited to become a member of the LLC and officially become a worker-owner no later than July 1, 2021.

Cooperative meetings are held on a monthly, plus an annual membership meeting. Member-owners do not collect a wage for time spent in cooperative or membership meetings. Our operating agreement dictates various voting thresholds required to make different decisions, though we always strive to make decisions on a consensus basis.

We particularly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, women, and other people who may have felt excluded or uncomfortable in traditional restaurant settings.

Initial interviews will be quick and over the phone; second interviews will be in person, outdoors, and masked. Interview questions will be provided one hour ahead of the interview to allow applicants to collect their thoughts.

Feel free to contact us with any questions. Otherwise, please email with a short note explaining your interest (in the body of the email), resume (attached as a PDF), and three references (can be former co-workers, not necessarily bosses).