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Restaurant Laws: Keeping Taxes Low

A restaurant business can enhance profitability by increasing sales or reducing expenses. Careful purchasing will go far in expense reduction, but taxes have one of the most profound effects on business profitability. Most business planning is tax driven, and prudent businesspeople are careful to determine the tax consequence of virtually every transaction.
 You should have periodic meetings with your business lawyer and tax accountant to determine the most expeditious and cost-effective method of conducting your business. Restaurant

Restaurant Laws: Trademarks

Branding has become a part of the lexicon of business terms. In fact, virtually every restaurant business strives to develop its brand and the awareness that results from this process. One of the most important aspects of branding is the establishment of a means of identifying a product or service by use of a name, symbol, logo, device, or combination of these items, known as trademarks and service marks. A trademark is a mark that is affixed to goods and a service mark is a mark that is used in connection with services, though both are

Restaurant Laws: Renting Commercial Space And Zoning Issues

A restaurant, by definition, is a commercial enterprise and must, therefore, occupy a commercial space. As a result, unless you own the building your business occupies, you will probably find it necessary to evaluate the terms and conditions of a commercial lease. Commercial leases are much more subject to negotiation and pitfalls than residential leases, which are more tightly regulated in most states. You should consult an attorney with experience in negotiating commercial leases, preferably restaurant leases, before signing one.

Restaurant Laws: Copyrights

It is quite common for restaurants to use menus, brochures, computer software, artwork, and similar materials created by others. These materials may be protected by the copyright law, and their unauthorized use may subject the user to liability for copyright infringement. There are, however, some situations in which you may be able to use another's work without obtaining permission. The guidelines for this use are found in the federal copyright law.

Data Mining For Hotel Firms: Use And Limitations

In the hotel industry, knowing your guests — where they are from, how much they spend, and when and on what they spend it — can help you formulate marketing strategies and maximize profits. Fueled by the proliferation of centralized reservation and property management systems, hotel corporations accumulate large amounts of consumer data.
 This information can be organized and integrated in databases that can then be tapped to guide marketing decisions. However, identifying important variables and relationships located

Restaurant Laws: Restaurant Pension Plans

One of the methods by which a restaurant owner may attract and retain key personnel is to provide certain benefits. Today, one of the most important benefits for employees is the ability to participate in a retirement plan. In addition, any form of succession planning will necessitate the establishment of a method by which the senior generation can step down and hand off control of the business. In order to create an effective succession plan, it is necessary to implement an arrangement that provides an economic incentive for senior workers to

Restaurant Laws: Advertising

There are many different issues that arise in the context of advertising. In the trademark article, the method by which you may protect your restaurant name and logo is discussed. The protection available for restaurant literature, advertisements, and posters is considered in the copyright article. In this article, several other important legal considerations that may arise when planning an advertising campaign are explained.  

Restaurant Laws: Organizing Your Business

Everyone in business knows that survival requires careful financial planning; yet, few fully realize the importance of selecting the best form for the business. Small businesses have little need for the sophisticated organizational structures utilized in industry. However, since all entrepreneurs must pay taxes, obtain financing, and expose themselves to potential liability with every sale they make, it only makes sense to structure your restaurant business to address these issues.

Restaurant Laws: Estate Planning

No matter how big your restaurant is and no matter how successful you are, the time that you will work with your business is limited by either retirement or death. Prudent restaurateurs will make appropriate plans for both, which is commonly known today as succession planning. One of the most important aspects of succession planning is estate planning. Another aspect of succession planning is retirement, which was discussed in last article.

Restaurant Laws: Commercial Opportunities And Activities

Since most restaurants will use some form of intellectual property in connection with the business's operations, it is important to be sure that restaurant's rights are properly protected. Once perfected, the restaurant can exploit those rights and expand its financial opportunities.


One of the most common methods for exploiting one's trademark is to grant another the right to use that trademark. This permission to use is referred to as a license. Since trademarks