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Texas Restaurants Expand Like Crazy In 2014 (Already)!

Posted in Acquisitions, News, Recent Law Trends

It’s only January 15th, and already six major restaurant expansions or acquisitions have occurred in DFW! It’s an exciting time in the restaurant industry. Here are the details: First, Day Star Restaurant Group acquired Texas Land & Cattle and the Lone Star Steakhouse chains. Click here for more on that story. Texas Land & Cattle… Continue Reading

The Top 7 Things To Consider Before Buying A Restaurant

Posted in Acquisitions, Alcohol, Contracts, Corporate Entity, Employment, Intellectual Property, Liability, Litigation, Real Estate

There are so many things to consider when buying a restaurant that we decided to break that list down to just seven issues. If you only look at these issues, you should avoid most of the big hazards when you buy your next restaurant. Now, this assumes that you have some idea of the restaurant… Continue Reading

What Is Restaurant Intellectual Property?

Posted in Acquisitions, Competition, Contracts, Employees & Waitstaff, Intellectual Property, Liability, Litigation, Negotiation, Vendors

At TexasRestaurantLaw.com, we have covered “Who Owns Your Restaurant Name?” and “Is Your Restaurant Recipe Safe?” However, we have not previously discussed the many parts of restaurant intellectual property. This post shows some of the most critical pieces that encompass restaurant intellectual property. Your Name & Brand We all hear that branding is everything. Likewise,… Continue Reading

The Changing Nature Of Restaurant Real Estate

Posted in Acquisitions, Commentary, Franchises, Franchising, News, Real Estate

For those familiar with the International Convention of Shopping Centers (a/k/a “ICSC”), you probably received your copy of Shopping Centers Today (“SCT”), which is the monthly magazine that they publish on national real estate. For those who don’t know, ICSC connects nearly all retail operators, landlords, and brokers who are involved in real estate, and… Continue Reading

When To Terminate A Restaurant Transaction

Posted in Acquisitions, Commentary, Competition, Contracts, Franchises, Franchising, Liability, Litigation, Negotiation

Restaurant transactions are similar to the old Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler – “You’ve got to know when to walk away, and know when to run!” Perspective is so important in general, and in restaurant transactions, you must know when to move forward on deals and when to kill them. But how do you determine… Continue Reading

Biggest Legal Causes Of Restaurant Failures

Posted in Acquisitions, Commentary, Franchises, Franchising, Liability, Litigation, Negotiation, Real Estate, Recent Law Trends

Just this week, two of my favorite restaurants in Dallas closed operations. This led me to consider the biggest issues I have seen that factored into a troubled restaurant. A few of these may not be a surprise, but you may be shocked at others. Consider this list of top legal reasons why restaurants fail:… Continue Reading

The Absolutely Essential Issues In A Restaurant Lease

Posted in Acquisitions, Contracts, Corporate Entity, Franchises, Franchising, Liability, Litigation, Negotiation, Real Estate

Leasing is a big issue for restaurants. Almost all restaurants at least start out leasing their space. Often, restaurants are required to lease their space to capture the prime locations of a given area. For these reasons and many more, it is vital for restaurant owners to pay close attention to leasing terms. The following… Continue Reading

Can An Email Bind Your Restaurant Like A Contract?

Posted in Acquisitions, Commentary, Contracts, Employees & Waitstaff, Liability, Litigation, Negotiation, Recent Law Trends, Vendors

We all think of email as a convenience. The same is true for text messages. These are just easy ways to communicate. They don’t really mean anything. Right? Wrong! Email and text messages are some of the most dangerous tools created. They are powerful. They are permanent. And in Texas, they are binding. Don’t believe… Continue Reading

How To Spot Good Restaurant Investments

Posted in Acquisitions, Contracts, Franchises, Negotiation, News, Recent Law Trends

By all accounts, 2013 should be a great year for the Texas restaurant industry. For just one example, click on this link, which is an article by Teresa Gubbins from austin.culturemap.com. According to the article: A report by the National Restaurant Association says that the Texas restaurant industry will lead the country in sales growth… Continue Reading

The Single Biggest Mistake Made When Selling A Restaurant

Posted in Acquisitions, Contracts, Liability, Litigation, Negotiation

Now that we’re all stuffed and overweight after Thanksgiving, I thought that I would mention another type of over-doing it: your representations to a potential buyer when you decide to sell a restaurant. These representations are critical to the success of a sale, both before negotiations begin and after you close on the sale. With… Continue Reading

The Top 5 Considerations Before Buying A Restaurant

Posted in Acquisitions, Commentary, Franchises, Franchising, Liability, Negotiation

Despite the “Great Recession”, the restaurant industry continues to thrive. One of the latest great examples of this is the expansion of Asian cuisine. For instance, a new franchise concept called Mama Fu’s is set to open 14 new restaurants in the Dallas area alone over the next several years, according to this article from… Continue Reading

Is Your Restaurant Recipe Safe?

Posted in Acquisitions, Contracts, Franchises, Franchising, Intellectual Property, Liability, Litigation

Did you know that KFC uses two different companies to blend the herbs and spices that make up its secret recipe? One company blends part of the spices, the other blends the remaining spices, and a computerized processor mixes them together so that neither company knows the full recipe. Like the Colonel, you may have… Continue Reading

Restaurant Trade Fixtures And Equipment – What Belongs To You And What Belongs To The Landlord?

Posted in Acquisitions, Contracts, Liability, Litigation, Real Estate

Co-Authored by Matt Sanderson & Lindsey Postula THE MYSTERIOUS TRADE FIXTURE What are trade fixtures? Trade fixtures are the equipment that a tenant uses to operate its business. Although they are not considered to be real property (which means they don’t fall into the definition of fixtures), they are generally attached to the leased premises… Continue Reading

How To Finance Your Restaurant Purchase

Posted in Acquisitions, Contracts, Franchises, Franchising

The recent economic struggles have given rise to a host of financing opportunities, and you should consider them all when buying your restaurant. Traditional Financing It’s no surprise that you can go to a bank to finance a restaurant purchase, but which bank and what are your options? These are hard questions. Traditional financing is… Continue Reading

Which Restaurant Franchise Is Right: Fast Food, Fine Dining, or Somewhere In Between?

Posted in Acquisitions, Competition, Contracts, Franchises, Franchising, Liability

We’ve talked a lot about franchises in prior posts. Assuming you have decided that a franchise is in your future, how do you know which type is right for you? This question comes to us quite a bit, so here are some thoughts to consider in each of the common types of franchises: Fast Food… Continue Reading

To Partner Or Not To Partner: Top Things To Consider Before Bringing On A Restaurant Partner

Posted in Acquisitions, Corporate Entity, Franchising, Litigation, Recent Law Trends

Many of my clients think that partners and shared ownership are great. They are right, to a point, but there are often times that partners are more a pain than a benefit. With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the benefits and drawbacks of partnering your restaurant business. Benefits of A Restaurant… Continue Reading

Can You Walk Your Restaurant Lease When Times Are Bad?

Posted in Acquisitions, Franchises, Franchising, Liability, Litigation, Real Estate

Many restaurant owners think that the need to close a restaurant involves a lot of pain and headache from landlords among others. Certainly, that’s the case often, but there are some options that that may be available to make this less painful than necessary. As such, here are some things to consider if you think… Continue Reading

5 Ways to Avoid Costs of Acquiring Restaurants

Posted in Acquisitions, Contracts, Corporate Entity, Franchises, Negotiation, Real Estate, Vendors

All too often the margins of restaurant acquisition require stringent cost control. To help, here are five things to keep those costs low when considering the purchase of a restaurant: 1. Assemble Your Team – It’s hard to decide when to get your team of counselors (like attorneys, accountants, appraisers) involved in a deal. If… Continue Reading

Partnership Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted in Acquisitions, Competition, Contracts, Corporate Entity, Franchises, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Real Estate, Vendors

Nearly anyone who has been in business either knows of or at least has heard of the pitfalls of partnerships. However, a lot of people don’t know that you can be partners with someone and not even know it. You might say, “Funny lawyer. Who cares?” But you should care, and here’s why. Partnerships make… Continue Reading

Ten Keys to Negotiating Your Restaurant Lease

Posted in Acquisitions, Contracts, Negotiation, Real Estate

For the most part, restaurant owners lease their property, at least when starting out and often permanently. As such, negotiating a lease can be a stressful experience. To reduce some of that stress, we’ve put together the following Ten Keys To Negotiating Your Restaurant Lease. PRIMARY CONCERNS 1. Net vs. Gross Lease. Every lease is… Continue Reading

How To Turn Your Competitors Into Assets

Posted in Acquisitions, Commentary, Competition, Corporate Entity, Franchises, Negotiation, Vendors

The start of a new year often reminds us to try new things. I suggest that this year you try turning your competitors into assets. There are a variety of ways to do this, but this post will show one unique and forgotten strategy of achieving this goal. If You Can’t Beat’em, Join ‘Em Believe… Continue Reading