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Shockingly, many restaurant leases fail to account for parking. More often, the landlord considers whether there is enough parking before entering into the restaurant lease negotiations, but they don’t account for it in their leases. Still, few, if any, restaurant leases actually guaranty parking or even address it. This article establishes the pros and cons of these provisions and provides some direction in each instance. Ultimately, and despite some of the following advice, it benefits…
Letters of intent can be confusing. Are they contracts? Are they binding? When should they be used? It’s important to know when to use letters of intent because they can be valuable tools that can save time and money. We receive these questions all the time, so here are some concepts that will help. What Is A Letter Of Intent? A letter of intent (i.e. an “LOI” or a term sheet) is a document that provides…
All restaurants have to deal with the issue of throwing away food at the end of the day. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a powerful environmental action group and the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, confusing and inconsistent food date labeling causes restaurants to throw out significantly more food than is necessary. In October of 2013, the NRDC and the Harvard Food Law and Policy clinic released a report discussing the…
Some of you may have heard the latest uproar caused by Pizza Patrón. Known for its undaunted ability to generate press from clever, edgy marketing campaigns, Pizza Patrón’s latest endeavor was to name a pizza, La Chingona. While the name really just means “badass” in Spanish, it is derived from such an offensive root word that many native Spanish speakers find it offensive and refuse to use the word in most situations. As noted by…
Three people are now confirmed dead in the recent car crash tragedy at South By Southwest. (Click here for the article by Quita Culpepper from KVUE.com.) According to the article, these people were “injured on Thursday, March 13 outside The Mohawk when Rashad Owens, 21, is said to have barreled into a crowd of festival-goers while fleeing from police.” This horrific event leads many restaurant owners to reevaluate their alcohol serving policies and to…
Last week, the Washington Times published a very sad article. It reported that a Texas war veteran was kicked out of the River Side Inn Marina, which is a restaurant in Houston. The story stated that the veteran simply had a service dog that helped him with his post-traumatic stress disorder. For the full story written by Jessica Chasmar, click here. As we previously posted in the The Top Five Consumer Myths About Restaurant
Nearly all restaurant tenants face challenges with their lease at some point.  Often these challenges come in the form of needed repairs to the property caused by the landlord’s substandard maintenance of the property.  The landlord may delay making necessary repairs, make inadequate repairs, or even refuse to make some repairs. After haggling with the landlord over the repairs without result, a restaurant tenant’s next thought is often that they want to make the repairs…
Following up on our January 15th post on Texas restaurant openings and closings (click here for that story), here is the update for February on the movers and shakers in Texas restaurants. If you’d like your restaurant to be considered in our next update, please let us know! Chuck E. Cheese’s Enters Agreement To Be Acquired First and foremost, Chuck E. Cheese’s has had big news. On January 16, the Dallas Morning News reported…
“Gluten-free” seems to be everywhere.  You may not know what “gluten-free” means, but chances are you haven’t missed the growing number of restaurants, grocery stores, and food brands that are offering menu items or food products that are “gluten-free.” And if you are a restaurant owner or are planning to open a restaurant, it is certainly important to know what “gluten-free” means and how it may affect your business. The FDA recently issued a final…
Most restaurant owners want to provide for their families when they die and protect their assets from liability. However, there are issues if the owner just conveys the real estate in a Will. To avoid these issues, restaurant owners should instead consider passing down interests in their companies and placing each piece of underlying real estate in its own legal entity. This post shows some of those issues and how to avoid them. The Problem…