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Helbraun Levey is a leader in the hospitality industry, and has been featured by numerous press outlets for comment and insight about the industry. Please see some of these articles below.

Landlords Lose Money When Restaurant Properties Sit Vacant, So Why Not Give Rent Relief?

Landlords Lose Money When Restaurant Properties Sit Vacant, So Why Not Give Rent Relief?

The real trouble, Helbraun says, are the mid-size property owners with a few dozen buildings. He calls them the shark pool; “cultivating a reputation for being tough and not budging is how they’ve survived in the past.”

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Danny Meyer’s Restaurants Will End Their No-Tipping Policy

Danny Meyer’s Restaurants Will End Their No-Tipping Policy

For small-scale restaurateurs facing existential challenges, tipping policy is “not high on the list” of priorities, said David Helbraun, a lawyer in Manhattan whose firm represents more than 1,000 restaurants.

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From Jean-Georges to Eric Ripert, Fine Dining Operators are Hustling

From Jean-Georges to Eric Ripert, Fine Dining Operators are Hustling

Helbraun said that for all the supposed good will, most landlords “are still wait-and-see.”

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Upper East Side landlord sues Fig & Olive founder personally for unpaid rent

Upper East Side landlord sues Fig & Olive founder personally for unpaid rent

Upper East Side landlord sues Fig & Olive founder personally for unpaid rent

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Before Covid, landlords had the upper hand in restaurant lease negotiations. Now they’ll settle for tenants who can make the monthly rent.

Before Covid, landlords had the upper hand in restaurant lease negotiations. Now they’ll settle for tenants who can make the monthly rent.

“Landlords started out as pitbulls, and they’ve turned into poodles,” said David Helbraun, founding partner at Helbraun Levey

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A Game-Changer For Restaurants And Retailers? Maybe, If It’s Legal

A Game-Changer For Restaurants And Retailers? Maybe, If It’s Legal

David Helbraun, founder of Helbraun Levey, a law firm that represents restaurants and bars, said the City Council measure would give tenants leverage in negotiations with landlords about rent payments. He said tenants could walk away from leases more easily, knowing that they won’t face crippling legal repercussions.

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$2 Trillion Virus Bill Leaves ‘Gaping Holes’ For Restaurant Industry

$2 Trillion Virus Bill Leaves ‘Gaping Holes’ For Restaurant Industry

“The initial inaction has left gaping holes for the restaurant industry that need to be plugged” said Lee Jacobs, partner at New York-based hospitality firm Helbraun & Levey. “The stimulus bill is a good start, it takes care of employees that have already applied for unemployment; it takes care of the businesses and restaurants that made the decision to weather the storm. But it does nothing for those restaurants that were forced to close or terminate their staff before the government acted.”

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Congress Approved $370 Billion More In Small Business Loans, But The Money Could Run Out In Days — Again

Congress Approved $370 Billion More In Small Business Loans, But The Money Could Run Out In Days — Again

“We’re sitting around in an imaginary line hoping there’s money to fund all of us,” said David Helbraun, founding partner at Helbraun Levey, a law firm that represents more than 1,000 clients in New York City’s hospitality industry.

“They’re some of the toughest people you’ll ever meet, and I’ve never seen my clients so much on the edge of their seat and nervous,” Helbraun said

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NYC Restaurants Worry Customer-Density Rules Will Sour Reopenings

NYC Restaurants Worry Customer-Density Rules Will Sour Reopenings

Lawyer David Helbraun, whose firm represents nearly 1,000 restaurants, advises clients not to rush into landlord talks yet.“Everyone says they want to make a deal. We say to them, ‘How can you do that until you know what the new landscape will be?’”

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Anxious Restaurant Owners Await Government Action

Anxious Restaurant Owners Await Government Action

The Hospitality Industry Is Demanding Next Steps From State And Local Governments That Mandate Ever-Increasing Restrictions But Offer No Relief.

“He [Death & Co owner Dave Kaplan] didn’t need to seek advice elsewhere to come to the moral conclusion, but he’s been grateful for the business attorneys at New York firm Helbraun Levey, who have proven themselves invaluable in other ways, publishing a daily newsletter with the latest guidance and distributing it to their clients free of charge.”

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Elbow Room And Silence?

Elbow Room And Silence?

Lawyer David Helbraun, whose firm Helbraun Levey has 1,000 restaurant clients, believes that the scene may return to normal once confidence sets in that the pandemic is truly over.

And if a vaccine is developed? “It will be the Roaring ’20s again,” says Helbraun.

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Mounting Bills Could Mean A Wave Of Restaurant Closures This Summer

Mounting Bills Could Mean A Wave Of Restaurant Closures This Summer

More Than Anything, Rent Threatens Restaurants In Coronavirus-Hit Areas Of The Country

“Helbraun & Levey LLP partner Lee Jacobs said most landlords are accommodating, but larger institutional landlords with enough cash to hold out “can outlive having empty retail space.”

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How To Avoid Going To Prison For Your Paycheck Protection Program Loan

How To Avoid Going To Prison For Your Paycheck Protection Program Loan

Advice From Former Federal Prosecutors

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Restaurants Fear Going From “Closed” To “Space For Lease” By July

Restaurants Fear Going From “Closed” To “Space For Lease” By July

“Rent is never a suggestion,” says Lee Jacobs, a partner in Helbraun & Levey LLP, which specializes in the restaurant industry. “My fear is that hundreds of thousands of unsophisticated small-business owners think that because we’re in a pause, or a shelter-in-place, that that excuses them from paying rent. Unfortunately, it doesn’t.”

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Paycheck Protection Program And Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Here's What You Need To Know About The Paycheck Protection Program And Economic Injury Disaster Loans

“The goal of PPP is to keep people on payroll and avoid having them go onto unemployment insurance. But since the government was so late in debating and then passing the bill, when it finally went into effect, restaurants were already closed,” says Lee Jacobs, partner at the law firm Helbraun Levey and chair of the firm’s employment practices group.

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COVID-19 Planning: 90 Ways To Survive The Next 90 Days

COVID-19 Planning: 90 Ways To Survive The Next 90 Days

“Lee N. Jacobs of Helbraun Levey, a premier law firm in NYC for the hospitality industry. leading the Firm’s response to the COV/0-19 crisis and has been working day and night with our clients to help our clients properly cease operations, pivot to delivery/takeout, prepare to withstand the long shutdown, and being primed to thrive once the pause ends”

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To Save Restaurants, Chefs And Former Financiers Ask For Tax Relief, New Rules

To Save Restaurants, Chefs And Former Financiers Ask For Tax Relief, New Rules

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To Save Restaurants, Chefs And Former Financiers Ask For Tax Relief, New Rules

To Save Restaurants, Chefs And Former Financiers Ask For Tax Relief, New Rules

The Consensus Is That For The Food Service Industry, Covid-19 Will Be Worse Than The 2007 Financial Crisis.

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Ten Experts On What They’re Telling Their Clients And Students

Ten Experts On What They’re Telling Their Clients And Students

Lee Jacobs, partner, Helbraun Levey, a New York law firm focused on the hospitality industry, “You have to assume a sick person will show up to work. So what to do? We isolate them, we ask them to exclude themselves, and we send them home. You don’t want to be known as “restaurant zero.”

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How Are New York Restaurants Preparing For Coronavirus?

How Are New York Restaurants Preparing For Coronavirus?

“Nobody Wants To Be Restaurant Zero.”

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"Keep Workers On, Or Lay Them Off? Small Businesses Face Hard Choices The $349 Billion Paycheck Protection Program Is Intended To Help Small Employers Weather The Pandemic. But Whether It Does Isn’t Clear."

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