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TyCooN

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It sucks, but the money can be pretty good. There were nights where I said to myself, "Well, it wasn't even worth coming in" because I got tipped out practically nothing. But then there are nights where you make bank and are happy.

I would not want to be doing it for years.
 

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Originally Posted by cchen
What's your goal in life? You can make good money in the FOH of fine dining restaurants.

+1. I worked in the kitchen for a couple of years before I realized that I was only a haircut away from making real tips and not having to deal with the threat of slicing off my finger or burning myself repeatedly.
 

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yeah sucks, unless you are in a rather large city where good restaurant jobs are plentiful
 

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In the right environment, it's a damn good job for someone in college or about to be. Get to know some people who work at a prospective place and find out how the money is - I would never have worked at a El Chico's or Chili's/Friday's, but I had no interest in fine-dining either. Wound up doing time at a steak place, a restaurant on a local lake and a cajun seafood joint. Generally 'upscale casual' places - $25-30 per-person per-meal averages.

Stressful, physically and mentally demanding (there's a reason people still have 'waitmares' years after getting out), but the pay is good and the hours are nice for a young person (again, if you work at a place that closes at 11pm rather than 2am).

Always liked 90% of my co-workers, too. You really bond over a shared hatred of humanity and the desire to sleep with jailbait hostesses.
 

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Originally Posted by milosz
In the right environment, it's a damn good job for someone in college or about to be. Get to know some people who work at a prospective place and find out how the money is - I would never have worked at a El Chico's or Chili's/Friday's, but I had no interest in fine-dining either. Wound up doing time at a steak place, a restaurant on a local lake and a cajun seafood joint. Generally 'upscale casual' places - $25-30 per-person per-meal averages.

Stressful, physically and mentally demanding (there's a reason people still have 'waitmares' years after getting out), but the pay is good and the hours are nice for a young person (again, if you work at a place that closes at 11pm rather than 2am).

Always liked 90% of my co-workers, too. You really bond over a shared hatred of humanity and the desire to sleep with jailbait hostesses.

A weaker version of the military?
 

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The bulk of my budding career as an entertainer is in restaurants and bars (mostly the aformentioned upscale-casual places). Obviously my perspective is a little different then the waitstaff's, but I highly, highly recommend it.

You learn so much about dealing with and relating to people, sometimes under rather contentious circum-tances. Very valuable lifeskills IMHO.
 

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Originally Posted by Magician
The bulk of my budding career as an entertainer is in restaurants and bars (mostly the aformentioned upscale-casual places). Obviously my perspective is a little different then the waitstaff's, but I highly, highly recommend it.

You learn so much about dealing with and relating to people, sometimes under rather contentious circum-tances. Very valuable lifeskills IMHO.

Did you do magic in the restaurants?
 

Nouveau Pauvre

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Originally Posted by TyCooN
Did you do magic in the restaurants?


Yes, that's actually the only capacity in which I've ever worked in restaurants. I've been doing it for about 3 years in probably about ten different bars and restaurants now.
 

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I worked in my parents restaurant and did everything. It really sucked at times and the customers will really give you bad days, but the pay is good. It really depends what area you are in and if the place gets business. You can do relatively well and earn a good amount of tips a night. My friend worked in an Olive Garden not too recently and came home with around $100 a night.
 

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Im in university and work the bar closing on the weekend. I own a house with my girlfriend as well, so i can afford the mortage, utilities, tuition, and frivolous spending on clothing working only 3 days a week. This winter break (well, my break has been longer than the typical christmas holiday because of a school strike), i worked more hours and was rolling in the cash. My paychecks were 700 bucks and i was making on average 150 a night.

as well, i started seriously saving in the summer and have about 8 grand in the bank. Might not seem like much, but i also bought a 10k passat in the summer as well
 

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I supported myself through highschool as a dishwasher and fry cook in a resterount, and then for 6 months in a bread bakery. for some reason, I am not in a rush back to the food service world.
 

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If you find the right place you can make some killer cash. I have been working in restaurants my entire student life and have been making substantially more money than all of my friends who were working other jobs. You will also gain great experience dealing with people, and high stress environments. The only downsides are that most of the time, your best money will be made on weekends, so if your a young social student your gonna miss out on some fun.

If this is going to be you first restaurant job you will not get a good position in any decent restaurant unless you have prior experience.
 

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