Love, engagement, and professional success? San Diego native Liz Woods was first introduced to 90 Day Fiancé fans during season 1 of 90 Day: The Single Life as Ed “Big Ed” Brown’s love interest. At the time, Liz was worknig a job at Ed’s favorite restaurant, Encontro North Park, in San Diego. However, Liz’s career aspirations later became a source of contention for the couple as they returned for seaosn 7 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever? Keep scrolling to find out how Liz makes a living.

What Is ‘90 Day Fiance’ Star Liz Woods’ Job?

Fans first got a glimpse of Liz on the smash TLC show thanks to Big Ed’s crush on the single mom. Telling the cameras that he had met a “totally hot waitress manager,” Big Ed made it very clear that he had far more in mind than simply ordering a delicious meal from his favorite restaurant.

Liz worked at the Encontro North Park restaurant in San Diego, California, and could be seen regularly on the eatery’s social media pages. While it’s not crystal clear how much money Liz made from her position, Indeed estimates that a restaurant manager in California can take home about $65,000 a year, which is 19 percent higher than the national average. 

So, does the TLC star still work at the gastropub-style restaurant? A Reddit user posted about their interaction with an Encontro bartender in February 2022, who admitted that Liz “picks up random shifts” here and there but doesn’t consistently work due to her “big TV deal.” Not only does filming get in the way of Liz’s work schedule, but the bartender said that the 90 Day star “doesn’t need to” work as frequently as she used to. 

Did Big Ed Have a Negative Impact On Liz’s Career?

Liz might not need to pick up as many shifts at the Encontro North Park restaurant to pay the bills, but that could be for the best. Patrons have taken to Google Reviews to express their disappointment with the restaurant’s business interactions with the 90 Day couple, with one customer even saying that they couldn’t “support a business that glamorizes” someone – Big Ed, in this case – “with a history of ill-treatment towards women.” The reviewer was referring to Big Ed’s unabashed behavior that has been captured on camera, which has been as extreme as him telling his fiancée that she needs to lose weight.

Yet another disappointed Encontro customer took to Google Reviews to express their frustration when Big Ed-themed stickers showed up in their to-go order, writing, “Why, why, why would any customer want to open their meal to stickers of Big Ed’s face!? If you don’t know who he is then this would be even more disturbing.

Does ’90 Day Fiance’ Star Liz Take Her Job Promotion?

When Big Ed and  Liz returned for season 4 of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? in August 2022, fans learned that Liz’s job at Encontro had sparked several fights between the couple. Ed explained that he wasn’t fond of Liz’s late-night shifts at her gig, and he also wasn’t happy about the fact that Liz’s coworkers were in their 20s and wanted to go out for drinks after work. He claimed that Liz’s long hours and social life with her coworkers would cause her to come home late at night and not spend much time with him.

Liz Woods posing after marathon

Things got even more tense when Liz revealed that she had be presented with a huge opportunity: her boss had offered her partnership in the restaurant. While Ed did not seem supportive of Liz’s huge career milestone, she insisted that it was an offer that she could not pass up — regardless about how her fiancé felt about it.

“I’m really excited about this opportunity, but I know Ed is not thrilled about how this can affect our time together because if I take this partnership, this restaurant is going to be my life. But at the same time, I have to make this decision on my own because I need to start thinking about myself and also what’s best for my daughter.”

Her boss revealed the perks of her new position would be a salary increase, full responsibility of the front of house as well as 10 percent equity in the franchise as they hoped to bring on investors and expand, and Liz accepted the offer. “This is a really, really, really great opportunity. It’s a great opportunity for my daughter as well. So, yes. I would be crazy if I didn’t,” Liz gushed. “Yeah. I’m in. My answer’s yes.”

Liz and Ed posing on painting date

“I’ve worked really hard for this,” Liz said in her confessional. “It’s a good feeling and I know it’s a great opportunity for me. Always in the past, I gave up my career plans for a man. Not this time around. But I’m still nervous to tell Ed about my decisions mainly because I took the partnership without discussing it with him first. This is gonna be a test for Ed and our relationship. I don’t want to lose him but I’m ready to put myself first and he gets to choose to stay because I should not be in a position where I have to choose him or work.”

However, once Liz told Ed about her new gig, he said he had “mixed emotions.” He said he wanted to be “supportive,” but he felt she should have had a conversation with him before she made up her mind. “I would never try to hold you back and I’ll support you, but as long as you’re supporting this relationship and me,” he told her. “I would say, go for it.”

Liz seemingly went for it, or at the very least maintained a good relationship with her employer, because she was back on the job in March 2024. She posted a photo of the restaurant on her Instagram Stories before adding, “It’s been awhile but I’m back till June. First shift tonight.”

How Else Does Liz From ‘90 Day Fiance’ Make Money? Her Income

Luckily for Liz, her job at the Encontro North Park restaurant is not the only stream of income she has access to. While it remains unclear as to how much money she makes from the 90 Day franchise, it’s been estimated that her fiancé, Ed, takes home at least $1,000 per episode and receives a bigger paycheck for reunion specials.

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? brought an additional layer of financial transparency for Big Ed and Liz. The couple claimed during the March 24, 2024, episode that they were”underwater” financially and needed to shift gears. They decided to start the process of obtaining their real estate licenses in order to boost their income. As season 8 is airing as of publication, fans will have to stay tuned to their progress.

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