Beth Torin

June 18, 2020

Hi Everyone, As you all know, the food service industry has been deeply affected by Covid and we need to make sure that we reopen safely and effectively.  As operators in the most densely-packed city in the country, all eyes are on us, the stakes...

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Essen FLSA

July 25, 2018

Manhattan To-Go Café Hit with Wage & Hour Class Action Lawsuit ‘Essen, a to-go café with locations in Hell’s Kitchen, the Financial District and Midtown, has been sued in federal court for allegedly failing to comply with state and federal laws regarding employee compensation.  This...

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The word “healthy” on a food product can have a magnetizing effect on consumers, especially in a metropolis as health-conscious as New York City. Yet, the alluring label of “healthy” should not be used lightly by food distributors. The KIND company, a successful New York...

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When you are trying to learn how to open a small startup business, you’ll need to learn what not to do right along with what you should do. Minor mistakes can cause you emotional turmoil, while bigger ones can end your business before it ever gets...

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Starting your own business can be very rewarding, but there are a few things you need to understand before you jump into becoming a business owner. To start, you will need to know what type of business you are going to start, who your customers...

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Last month, a federal court in California decided that Yelp can change user reviews on its site to affect a business’s rating.  Several small business owners complained that Yelp tried to extort advertising dollars from them by lowering their business’s rating on the popular website...

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No matter what your capacity is, if you use candles, or any “open flame”, you must obtain an Open Flame Permit from the Fire Department’s Bureau of Fire Prevention. Many owners have the misconception that if their establishment has a lawful occupancy of less than...

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In a commercial lease the tenant is always required to perform certain duties; to abide by certain restrictions; and usually, to obtain the Landlord’s consent for work that is done, etc.  Ideally we would always like these requirements to have defined standards, so we know...

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 If you are interested in starting a small business, likely you will have investors involved.  Your investors may be friends and family, but many times your investors will be third parties who believe they can make money with you.  With all investors, you need to...

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When looking to open a new restaurant or bar, the two choices are to find a new space to rent to use for your restaurant, or to buy an existing restaurant or bar.  Often times, spending the money up front to buy an existing restaurant...

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