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Restaurants

We understand that restaurants operate in a fickle consumer environment, with ever-changing regulatory responsibilities, numerous operating challenges and, typically, relatively thin margins. They get great value from working with a law firm that has the experience and scope to help with every part of their business.

We provide a unified, one-stop solution for our clients’ complete operational, transactional, regulatory and intellectual property needs. In addition to the legal support and business insight we provide, we have strong relationships with people involved in finance and every other segment of the industry and can help connect our clients with other people who can help their businesses.

Our restaurant team’s robust menu of services provides a unified, one stop solution for our clients’ needs, including:

  • Strategic consulting (investment sourcing and evaluation)
  • Private and commercial finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Private and public securities
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment (counseling and dispute resolution)
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Real estate (leasing and acquisitions)
  • Franchising, supply chain, and distribution
  • Food and beverage regulatory compliance (including alcohol licensing)
  • Development counseling (non-traditional venues, alternative deal structures)
  • Tax
  • Social Media, promotions, and gift cards
  • Litigation
  • Mobile payments
  • Immigration

We are deeply connected to the industry through our clients and key industry associations. We represent hundreds of restaurants and food & beverage companies, including corporate and franchised restaurant chains, large franchisee groups, celebrity chefs and high-end restaurateurs. We also represent more than 20 hoteliers, and over a dozen not-for-profit organizations.

Representative clients include:

  • Andre-Boudin Bakeries, Inc.
  • Andy Ricker/ Pok Pok
  • Apple American Group LLC
  • Asian Box
  • Bamboo Sushi
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Carlson Restaurants
  • Chefstable, LLC
  • Chop’t Creative Salad Company
  • Dick's Last Resort
  • Guy Fieri
  • Ivan Orkin
  • John Besh
  • Kerry Simon
  • Lark Creek Restaurant Group
  • Lemonade Restaurant Group
  • Marcus Samuelsson
  • Matador Restaurants
  • McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants
  • Mendocino Farms
  • Modmarket
  • Nekter Juice Bar 
     
  • Pacific Bells Inc.
  • Panda Restaurant Group
  • Pasta Pomodora
  • Pink’s Hot Dogs
  • Pinkberry
  • Project Pie
  • Protein Bar
  • Punch Bowl Social
  • Real Mex Restaurants
  • Restaurants Unlimited
  • Rice Garden
  • Rick Bayless/ Frontera Foods
  • Salt & Straw Ice Cream
  • Snooze, an AM Eatery
  • Southern Hospitality BBQ
  • Starbucks
  • Tastes on the Fly
  • The Habit Burger
  • The Mina Group
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Umami Burger
  • Veggie Grill