Category Archives: Restaurants

Beware of Employee Agreements

  Many employees sign confidentiality and non-compete agreements when accepting a new job. While the stack of on-boarding paperwork for a new job seems routine, the obligations included in these non-compete agreements are anything but routine. Employees must carefully understand … Continue reading

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Is Your Craft Beverage Production Facility In Compliance With the Clean Water Act?

D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc. settled with the EPA relating to 141 alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations where it will pay $2.8 million in fines. The Pennsylvania brewery will pay $2.8 million penalty, plus approximately $7 million in promised … Continue reading

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3 Ways Restaurants Can Use Technology to Combat the $15 Minimum Wage Increase

Beer walls like Ruins Pub in Kansas City Automated cocktail dispensing machines like Tended Bar Tableside or kiosk automated ordering and payment systems These touch screen technologies appeal to customers because they don’t have to wait for servers to place … Continue reading

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This machine can help restaurant & bars fight $15 hr minimum wage

As a patent attorney with a practice focus on restaurants, bars & craft beverage producers, I was excited to learn about Tended Bar, an automatic alcoholic beverage dispensing machine. Not only is the technology just plain cool, it can be … Continue reading

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On Call Practice Could Result in Big Penalties and Back Wages

Restaurant Owners should take note of the New York Attorney General’s written notice to several national retailers (J Crew, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, Williams & Sonoma, and Urban Outfitters) concerning “on call” requirements for … Continue reading

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Great Harvest Bread Co.

Great Harvest Bread Co. uses the slogan “Bread. The way it ought to be.” Panera uses the slogan “Food As It Should Be.” Great Harvest alleges that Panera uses its similar slogan on products that directly compete with the bakery’s … Continue reading

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What to do if your building has more than one legal address

The Authority is now requiring that the address appearing on the license, bond and lease match the 911 system and the deed for the property. This can be confusing when it differs from the mailing address for the leased premises. … Continue reading

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Are Proprietary Food and Beverage Item Names Protectable? We still don’t know.

In Tomaydo-Tomahhdo LLC et al. v. Vozary et al., an Ohio restaurateur appealed to the Sixth Circuit arguing that her recipes deserve copyright protection. She argued unsuccessfully that her former business partner had copied her creative compilation of dishes, not … Continue reading

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Rastafarians have a religious right to have long dreadlocks or wear caps at work

The EEOC filed yet another suit in federal court claiming that termination or refusing to hire Rastafarians with dreadlocks or long hair violated federal employment discrimination laws. In this Florida case, a hospitality company fired a Rastafarian cook at a Walt Disney … Continue reading

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Are Drive Through Windows and Self-Serve Soda Machines Discriminatory?

If you have a drive through window, you should implement a method to be used by blind and deaf patrons to order at your drive through window if you want to avoid discrimination claims and class action suits. You should … Continue reading

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