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I won't go into details but there was a place near where I lived years ago where it just didn't seem possible for it to make money. Huge crowds on Friday/Sat nights but largely empty the rest of the time (and it could seat 800 for dinner!) and the real estate (rent) was $$$.

Yeah, there was an Italian restaurant we used to go to in NW Chicago suburbs when we lived there. The prices were so low, they had to have been buying it for free to even break even. Veal parmesan was like $2.50. For the whole meal. I used to wonder how they could stay in business. Drinks were even dirt cheap, not like the typical restaurant prices.

The one day I realized, like you, that the restaurant owners were not there to make a profit on the food. It was to launder the money.
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