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    • Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
      The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of the most important national civil-rights laws dealing with the rights of people with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability in areas of employment, places of public accommodation, housing, public services, transportation, and telecommunications. However, a barrage of ADA lawsuits have recently […] The post Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • Community Boards and Liquor License Applications (Q and A)
      Are Community Boards notified of when the NYSLA receives applications in their neighborhoods? For certain types of establishments, Community Boards are notified before the NYSLA receives an application. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law requires that anyone applying for an on-premises license notify their community board of their intention to apply for a liquor license 30 […] The post Community Boards and Liquor License Applications (Q and A) appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • YELP NOW HAS COURT PERMISSION TO CHANGE RESTAURANT RATINGS FOR MONEY
      The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has recently ruled that Yelp can revise, edit and prioritize business reviews based on advertising money that the site receives from the business. This high profile ruling really destroys the veil of impartiality that Yelp was benefitting from for all these years.  Now its crystal clear that Yelp may (although they […] The post YELP NOW HAS COURT PERMISSION TO CHANGE RESTAURANT RATINGS FOR MONEY appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • NYSLA Says Certain Brunch “Bottomless Glass” Specials Are OK?
      Unlimited drink specials are illegal in New York (with limited exception for private events).   This Prohibition included “bottomless glass” of champagne brunch specials but it is regularly ignored because most owners are simply not aware of it. However, the prohibition was recently placed into the spotlight and the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) […] The post NYSLA Says Certain Brunch “Bottomless Glass” Specials Are OK? appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • NY Restaurants and Bars Must Obtain a License to Play Music.
      Music is protected by copyright law, which provides exclusive rights to copyright owners to perform or play their songs. If a restaurant or bar plays music without permission, they are infringing on the copyright, and copyright law allows the owner to recover damages ranging from $750 per violation, to $150,000 if a court decides the […] The post NY Restaurants and Bars Must Obtain a License to Play Music. appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • Mandatory Tip Policy? Consider Ditching it.
       In January of 2014, the IRS will begin cracking down on how restaurant owners pay out mandatory tips (e.g. the typical 18% mandatory tip for parties of 6 or more).  Going forward, these tips must be classified as service charges that are taxable as regular wages and subject to payroll tax withholding (aka more paperwork […] The post Mandatory Tip Policy? Consider Ditching it. appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • HOW TO BUY A RESTAURANT IN NEW YORK
      There are a two ways to buy a restaurant in New York. You can do it by purchasing the ownership shares of the seller or you can purchase the assets of the seller. Each has its advantages and disadvantages in New York but an asset purchase is almost always more beneficial for the buyer. With […] The post HOW TO BUY A RESTAURANT IN NEW YORK appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • RESTAURANT LEASES – Key Terms
      When considering the execution of a commercial lease, all of the clauses must be given careful consideration. However, when taking a space for a bar or restaurant, there are certain lease clauses that warrant special attention. Following are some key clauses that are a crucial part of every restaurant/bar lease and, if negotiated properly, will […] The post RESTAURANT LEASES – Key Terms appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • BYOB: Not Legal in New York
      BYOB, or “Bring Your Own Bottle,” where owners of establishments allow their customers to bring alcoholic beverages to their premises to be consumed on site, is NOT PERMITTED in unlicensed businesses in New York State unless the Certificate of Occupancy for the premise is for less than 20 people. GENERAL RULE: BYOB is illegal in […] The post BYOB: Not Legal in New York appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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    • NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – LETTER GRADE REQUIREMENTS
      The New York City Health Department requires that restaurants publicly post A, B, or C letter grade cards that summarize their sanitary inspection scores.  Not posting a grade card – or posting it incorrectly – is a serious violation that may result in large fines or loss of your permit. To avoid penalties, food service […] The post NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – LETTER GRADE REQUIREMENTS appeared first on New York Restaurant Law. […]
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