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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New Years Eve is fast approaching and since it can be one of the most profitable nights of the year for nightclubs, bars, and restaurants alike, wouldn’t you like to stay open and serve alcohol all night long?   Licensees may do just that by applying...

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Music can be one of the most important stylistic elements employed in helping establish the mood of a bar or a restaurant.  And while it may seem like the licensing and permitting process that goes along with opening a bar or restaurant never ends, it...

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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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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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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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Sandy was terrible for NYC restaurant businesses, but it also shuttered the Department of Health, Environmental Control Board (ECB), court system and other Federal and State agencies where violations or hearings need to be dealt with. If you missed a date for a hearing or...

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Last week at the StarChefs International Chef’s Congress, the theme was “Origins and Frontiers” with a focus on the “archaeology of modern cuisine”. The locavore, ethical, conscious eater is at the forefront of the food world, both as eaters, producers and chefs. We saw lots of...

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Ten or Twenty, What’s the Difference? Probably More Than You Think. Under existing New York law, restaurants with a seating capacity of twenty or more are required to provide customer restrooms. Recently, members of the New York State Senate introduced a bill that will change...

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