Case Study: Overcoming Time Constraints and Encumberances

Client: Our Boston client, a recently closed restaurant/bar in the financial district, seamlessly renewed their license while awaiting transfer approval. Challenge: The Financial District restaurant/bar closed after two years in business. Upon closing, the lender had foreclosed on the license and was in need of local counsel, valuation, and marketing of the license – the […]

Health Care Requirements and Deadlines

By David Heather Regional Vice President, The Householder Group Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, individuals and employees of small businesses will have access to insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance exchanges (Exchanges). Open enrollment under the Exchanges will begin on Oct. 1, 2013.  ACA requires employers to provide all new hires and […]

Assessing the “Public Need” of a Liquor License

By John P. Connell, Esq. Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C. In order to acquire a liquor license for a location not previously licensed, you must demonstrate “public need.” There may be both support and opposition regarding your application. Several factors are considered when assessing “public need.” Acquiring a liquor license for a location […]

The Ins and Outs of Getting (and Keeping) a License

By Gene Richard,Esq. Wayne, Richard & Hurwitz, LLP A business cannot legally sell alcoholic beverages at retail to consumers without a valid liquor license. Since profits from sales of alcoholic beverages can “make or break” a typical restaurant, hotel, club or package store, getting – and keeping – that retail liquor license is vitally important. […]

Controlling Liquor Cost

By Robert P. Kiley Chief Executive Officer, Restaurant Accounting Services Most restaurateurs know how to control their liquor cost. However, due to the fact that some of the “controls” can be cumbersome and time-consuming, the key controls are often skipped, and costs skyrocket. Industry studies consistently show that 25 to 30 percent of a bar’s […]

Case Study: Improving Net Proceeds

Client: Our client was a Boston/Roxbury neighborhood fixture for more than 50 years. This local tavern would open early during the day and close late at night, so everyone had a chance to enjoy the food, music, and laid-back atmosphere. This was the kind of tavern where friends and family would gather, and customers became […]

“You Need a Permit for That?”

Some Practical Tips for Local Permitting By Andrew Upton, Esq. DiNicola, Seligson & Upton, LLP Reprinted with Permission from the Boston Bar Journal, a publication of the Boston Bar Association. Local permitting is not for the faint of heart. There are no law school classes on the subject, few relevant continuing legal education courses, and […]

Defending Your Bottom Line

By Russ Bubas President, Data Quest, LTD You may be going out of business and not even know it. Every restaurateur and bar owner is cautioned against silent partners. Over the thirty years we’ve been in business, we’ve encountered literally thousands of them, some of whom have actually put the owners out of business. Some […]

Case Study: Re-arranging Licenses

CLIENT OVERVIEW: The client company is an established national restaurant chain that has been in business for more than 30 years, with growing franchise numbers. They specialize in creating an atmosphere designed specifically for adults that combines the best elements of a bar, restaurant, and casino under one roof for a unique and inclusive dining […]