Independently owned restaurants I've found to be MUCH easier gigs to land than franchises. That said, it's all about you, how you work in order to get the job, and the restaurant itself (owner, managers, dynamic of the establishment, etc). There's no one type of restaurant that will or will not hire a magician. In fact, most places don't really even think about it or consider it until the idea is proposed to them.
Independent restaurants are a little easier in my opinion because there are less people that get in the way. They run their own business, so usually you just have to get the OK by the owner and your set. With franchises, usually you have to go through people to get to the GM, then the GM has to ok it with their district leaders, and so on. It's often a lot of work for a manager to get the ok from everyone, so it usually takes a manager who is really zealous to get a magician to make it happen. So for franchises, you've got to work extra hard and be extra impressive for the manager to willingly find the time and effort to go through all the proper channels to hire you. Independent restaurants and businesses don't usually have this issue.
Also, as far as pay is concerned independent restaurants are usually a little easier to get paid as there are less hoops to go through. Franchises usually have to put you on payroll in some way, often having to go through an accountant or their payroll department, which is yet another person or persons that have to be involved in the entire process.
The benefit of working franchises is that is can often open up other opportunities for more work at more locations, as they are often a part of a chain of restaurants.
Hope that helps.
that does help..a lot, I will hope that in a month, when I can drive I will be able to get hired at a resturant, and because of what you said I am going to go for independent resturants first