...The main reason anyone should do a restaurant is advertising, not the nightly money.
BULL Oney! For the past several years I have been doing restaurant magic full time and have supported my family very well on what I make from the restaurants. Yes I have parties and some company gigs but that is really just extra money over and above the restaurant income.
Your absolutly correct. There are people who do 7 restaurants a week and make it their living. Let me restate what I said. Because I am a children's entertainer who does a lot of birthday parties, I work at a restaurant to advertise myself. The nightly money is great, but I know myself (as well as many others) see the restaurant as an advertising medium. I mean, when push comes to shove, I don't care how good you are, there is only so much money you can make for your time at a restaurant. Now, restaurants pay more than regular jobs, so if you work a ton of restaurants, you can make a decent living.