For fans of the show, it's no secret that money in Bob's Burgers is something of a rarity to the titular hero and his family. Simply put, the Belchers are broke. But just exactly how broke are the Belchers? The answer isn't great. Hunter Joyner of ZIPPIA.com did an extremely thorough breakdown of the Belchers' finances, and what he found spells bad news for the family.
It's a wonder that they manage to keep such high spirits (as evidenced by their many musical numbers) considering the fact that they're in pretty dire straits. The financial impossibilities certainly play into some fan theories about the whole thing being a figment of Bob's imagination.
But, assuming it is all real, it would help fans understand the family's plight if they knew what the burger joint was raking in. So how much does Bob Belcher make? Let's take a look.
The Entire Menu Has Been Displayed
The most expensive item at Bob's Burgers is always the daily special, which is $5.95. Teddy's standard meal of a burger of the day and fries would be $7.95, and on the days he's feeling crazy he'll get a beer, bringing him up to $11. He's pretty much the highest-paying customer at Bob's Burgers.
Bob's Can't Seat Many People
Joyner estimates that Bob's can seat 26 customers. There are only four booths, which can hold no more than four people each, and 10 stools (including one on the end). 16 +10 = 26. I.e., not a lot.
Determining The Number Of Customers Per Month Is A Little Tricky
For the sake of some kind of constant, Joyner assumes that a season of Bob's Burgers is roughly a month, and calculates the number of customers based on that. But there are still variables. Plus, Joyner generously gives Bob 31 days every month, which is obviously more than reality.
Bob Has 28 Days Of Meh Business
Joyner used Season 1 as the measuring stick, and he points out that there are 3 instances in which the Belcher kids manage to drum up an extraordinary amount of business for the mom and pop shop. The rest of the time, though, business is rather slow.
So How Many Customers Does Bob Get On An Average Day?
On Bob's regular days, there are anywhere between four and 10 diners in the restaurant for each meal (lunch and dinner). Taking the average, Joyner calculates that 14 randos dine at Bob's everyday, plus the two old reliables of Teddy and Mort, who are always good for a meal a day, bringing the grand total to 16 diners per day on average.
But The Three "Miracle Days" Give Bob A Big Boost
In Season 1, there are three episodes in which Belcher shenanigans result in a packed house that Joyner calls "miracle days." There's the episode where they're almost shut down for "serving human meat" (which of course they aren't really), but this attracts an adventurous eating club that fills the restaurant. There's also the robbery that turns into a skit, which attracts people, and lastly Moolissa the cow's protesting out front draws in a crowd. Cow protests will do that.