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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You all know that we love you and want you to succeed but, we are your LAWYERS after all so it's our job to look at what you're doing, analyze the risk, look at the law and then warn your asses.  So, while we are...

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HL Clients, MAYOR DE BLASIO CALLS IT -- TAKE OUT AND DELIVERY ONLY!Mayor de Blasio will be signing an executive order today, Monday, March 16, 2020, requiring all New York City restaurants and nightlife establishments to suspend their normal operations as of tomorrow. Effective Tuesday at 9:00am,...

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Dear HL Clients, Such new respect for ER doctors now.  Three day shifts with a few hours sleep here and there and then non-stop emergencies to triage.  Big, life-changing decisions to be made. It's no joke. Take a minute for yourself. Sit down for a second. Have a beer, do a crossword puzzle,...

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On October 25, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law several proposed Local Laws relating operators of bicycles used for commercial purposes.  These include Int. No. 683-A relating to required apparel for commercial cyclists, Int. No. 783-A relating to a required bicycle safety course, Int. No. 896-A...

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The hours that a restaurant, bar or retail store can legally serve alcohol until are determined by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (“ABCL”).  However, the outer limits set by the ABCL are trumped by the rules of the county in which the establishment or store...

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Buying an existing restaurant or bar can be great for several reasons, but you need to make sure your interests are protected by performing the proper due diligence.  There are many issues which should be researched when buying a restaurant in New York; here are a...

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In speaking to potential New York City restaurant & bar owners, we frequently hear the same question: “I plan to open my restaurant in about three months.  However, I hear that it can take almost six months to get a liquor license.  Is there anything...

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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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You’ve seen it throughout New York City: that small, hole-in-the-wall establishment that prominently advertises “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Beer/Bottle/Booze; whatever you fancy).  Bringing your own alcohol is certainly tempting for a customer, considering the alcohol mark-up some restaurants impose on their patrons who choose to...

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