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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 $$$.

There was a really wonderful restaurant about an hour's drive from where I live. It had three large dining rooms. They had custom made carpets on the floors. In one room, they looked like a slate walkway. In another, they looked like bricks. In the third, like custom hardwood floor. It probably costs big bux to have carpets made like that.

The menu was high class and the prices were fairly high class. The last thing I remember was that everything was just great, but only two tables were occupied: ours, and at the other occupied table were about six men that we decided were Mafia. They were probably just businessmen. But that is what my friend and I imagined.

I see no possible way for a restaurant like that, just outside a large Ivy League university town, to make any money, or even pay the rent on a place like that with so few customers on a weekend evening.
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