The Restaurant Law Blog, authored by the attorneys at Messner & Reeves, LLC, focuses on the cutting-edge business owners in Denver, Colorado’s growing restaurant industry, and the legal challenges they face when starting up and maintaining their business. Given the incredibly high rate of failures in the restaurant industry, it follows that many of these entrepreneurs face legal problems and complications throughout their ownership. The blog’s contributors bring their considerable experience in commercial litigation, corporate law, employment law, regulation, zoning, licensing, and real estate law to bear when discussing these predicaments.
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Mario Batali, one of America’s best known Chefs and Restaurateurs, recently settled a class action lawsuit alleging (among other things) that he and his associate illegally deducted 4%-5% of nightly wine sales from the tip pool to cover the cost of sommeliers and related wine expenses. ...
Big City, a prolific restaurateur, watches Food Network’s new show Restaurant Stakeout and decides he wants to hide cameras and microphones throughout his restaurants, both in the front of the house and the back of the house. Should Big City consult a lawyer before doing this? ...
Having problems with minors attempting to purchase alcohol at your restaurant or bar? Well, a state congressman in Wisconsin thinks he has the solution to your problem. Rep. Andrew Jacque, R-Bellevue, has authored a proposed bill in the Wisconsin Assembly which would allow establishments to bring a...
Unhappy that a dining companion was charged $11 for a margarita at a Boston area Cheesecake Factory, a Massachusetts attorney threatened suit. The basis of the complaint was that the restaurant, while listing prices for its food items, failed to list prices for its alcoholic beverages. ...
Restaurants operating in New Jersey and New York – do you comply with tip recording requirements? I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. We have bitter, historic sports rivalries with our neighbors to the North (pronounced “Nahth”), so you’d think I’d...
Are you a restaurateur who employs a server or cook that is overweight? Have you considered firing an employee because they were obese? Alternatively, did you decide not to hire an applicant because they were obese? These types of scenarios can be the basis for discrimination...
As a labor and employment attorney, I spend many hours each week contemplating what’s legal. So, I feel qualified to present this list of foods so good they should be illegal (simply because I don’t have unlimited access to them all hours of the day). 1. Pasta Carbonara,...
Does your restaurant buy naturally raised steak or grass fed meat. When you purchase fresh chicken, what are you really getting? The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate these and hundreds of other terms on food labels. Manufacturers and suppliers can use...
Now it’s time for two favorite topics – beef prices and local farming. Although the Department of Agriculture is reporting a 4 percent increase in feedlot inventories from a year ago, supplies of Choice grade meat are tight. Limited supplies are due, in part, to drought conditions...
Seasons greetings Colorado restaurants and bars! As holiday parties get into full swing and people enter party mode for New Years Eve, don’t forget that you can be liable for serving alcohol to someone who you know is either under 21 or visibly intoxicated (or both for that matter). So,...