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Corner Bakery Cafe

Private Restaurant 5,000 - 10,000 employees Founded in 1991


Welcome to our amazing world. A brand that is filled to the brim with passionate people, creative thinkers, overachievers, servant leaders and folks having a blast doing what they do best – helping others.

In November of 1991, we started as a small bakery supplying artisan breads to guests throughout Chicago. Over time we have evolved into a neighborhood gathering spot serving up made-to-order breakfasts, lunches, dinners and everything in between. Get it to go, dine in or have it catered. We do it all!

The traditions that were created years ago are still practiced today. You will find real kitchens where over 40 types of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables are chopped daily. You'll see the stove's open flames where eggs are scrambled to order, salads being hand-tossed and ovens going all day long, filling the cafes with the aroma of freshly baked breads and sweets.

Our passionate and welcoming Breadheads are the heart and soul of our brand, making our guests feel at home and connected to their neighborhoods.


All Breadheads receive:

  • A competitive salary.
  • Quality Assurance Card for food discounts.
  • Training and development opportunities to help you in your current role as well as for future opportunities.
  • Medical/ dental, vision, life insurance and dependent care and health care spending accounts (full time hourly employees are eligible after one year of service).
  • 401(k) Plan - all employees are eligable after one year of service.
  • Tuition Assistance.
  • Paid time off.
  • Celebrating successes with Tenure, Super Star, Breadheads Feed the Day, and We Got It Cornered Awards.
  • Referral Bonuses.

In addition, Management receives:
  • Opportunity to participate in the monthly bonus plan.
  • Wellness Reimbursement.
  • Managing Partner program for our exceptional GM performers.

Plus an environment where you are able to do your best. No more late nights – we do serve dinner but seriously, our managers get more out of life.

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Career Paths

Start out in the position you were hired for and savor the excellence of performing at your best while also learning more about your cafe.

From there, you can go anywhere.

Love to teach others? Be a Station Trainer and share the secrets of a happy cafe with new employees.

Love to travel? Be a Market Trainer and assist opening new Corner Bakery Cafes in your market - or jump on a plane and see the country!

Love responsibility? Be a Key Employee, and be an essential “go to” person for your teammates.

Love to lead? Be a Shift Supervisor, and help direct everyone’s talents and energies with the cafe.

They’re all great steps on a path designed by you. And every step leads you to greater experiences and rewards.

Corner Bakery Cafe has developed a “Stepping Stones” approach to training and development programs to help you learn and achieve at every level of your life’s journey.

Our training programs for Managers include comprehensive skills training and business leadership development. We’ll assess your experience level and assist you as you custom design a curriculum that identifies and rewards your strengths and builds on core areas. You’ll start with the basics of shift management, expand your knowledge to include the fundamentals of running a business and develop the skills you’ll need for advancement - a complete approach in a learning environment.

For everyone, it all starts with your goals and where you want to go. From personal management styles to business analysis, we’ll work with you to develop and highlight your talents to support your professional growth. You can also count on regular one-on-one feedback sessions with senior management to help further define your development pathway.

Our Home Office team is committed to supporting our field operations.

Despite the fact that we're always surrounded by amazing food, we're a lean organization – designed to run as efficiently as possible. This means having the opportunity to wear many hats and learn by doing. We're also a group that believes in sharing. Not just a scrumptious tray of desserts. We're talking rewards…


Opening our doors to people from all communities. Nurturing friendships over a cup of coffee. Being tantalized by the aroma of cookies and breads fresh from the oven. We are extraordinarily passionate about our food and it shows in every detail and dish!

Of course we work hard. We’re fast – our guests have busy lives. But we’re also casual dining - we still believe in delivering food to the table. And guests can enjoy special touches like real tableware – a nice break from today’s plastic, self-service world. So whether they join us to linger over a morning cup of coffee or they're with us for a quick lunch, we're there to serve them promptly.

Along with the hard work comes FUN!  While making sure our guests have an outstanding experience, we want our team members to have a great time, too! Corner Bakery Cafe believes in being active in our communities, bringing guests and teammates together, one neighborhood at a time.

At Corner Bakery Cafe, we all rely on each other.  Need to brainstorm an idea? Considering expanding your role? Want a fresh opinion or find yourself in a jam?  Pick up the phone.  From other cafes to the Home Office, you’ll have a strong support network.  You’ll have friends who care about helping you be your best.

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