Monthly Archives: May 2014

Upstate and Western New Yorkers are Cheap

GrubHub collected credit card and PayPal data on restaurants nationwide to identify how much tip wait staff earned on average.  The results showed that Upstate and Western New York diners are cheap – tipping way below national and regional averages.  … Continue reading

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Stop Really Means Stop

The Mister Softee franchise has sued Master Softee and sought a preliminary injunction against the former franchisee who was trying to use a similar name in his own non-franchised successor business after he terminated his franchise with the company.  This … Continue reading

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Finger Lakes to visit Brazil

Brazil is the seventh largest export market for the U.S. alcohol beverage industry.   It offers great opportunities for domestic brands to expand internationally as the global interest in U.S. whiskey products steadily grows. Demand has increased each year in the … Continue reading

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Menu Price Jump – Is it Time to Increase Menu Prices

If your menu features appetizers and entrees with steak, avocados, limes and cheese, it is time to evaluate your menu prices. Increasing costs of these key ingredients in Mexican cuisine has national chain Chipotle raising its menu prices. The price … Continue reading

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Licensed Security Guards

Duties that the State Department of Licensing and SLA considers requiring a licensed security guard: Checking IDs at the door Bouncers Both of these functions are duties of a security guard. The Department of State licenses security guards and defines … Continue reading

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Restaurant delivery of other kinds of beverages with food orders?

We are often asked to clarify what an on-premises retail license (restaurant, bar, or club) can deliver to its customers with food orders.  These license holders (whether beer only, beer and wine, or full liquor) can deliver beer, malt beverages … Continue reading

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Carbon monoxide detectors not mandatory for businesses

It may surprise you to learn that carbon-monoxide detectors are not required for businesses. In February 2013, a carbon monoxide leak at a Long Island restaurant in Walt Whitman Mall killed the restaurant’s manager and made 27 others ill from … Continue reading

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Don’t get caught in a sting operation

In a recent sting operation in Albany, a bar was violated for exceeding maximum capacity, sale to minors, and consumption by minors, unlicensed bouncers and failure to supervise the premises. Prosecutions for underage sales increased by 85% in 2013, with … Continue reading

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Jell-O Shots – Are they legal?

There are no specific laws that apply specifically to Jell-O shots. The primary concern is that retailers (bars) may not pre-mix a beverage (including a Jell-O shot) so the only legal means of selling a Jell-O shot is to purchase … Continue reading

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New York State Brewers Association

Farm and craft brewers should take the opportunity to participate in the New York State Brewers Association. If you are looking to expand your “brew horizons” then follow the lead of two New York Craft brewers who produce an annual … Continue reading

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