Industries | Restaurants

Business Formation

Our firm advises and represents companies and entrepreneurs with a broad range of business related services. We advise our clients on business law, start-up assistance relating to the formation of an entity, the protection of a trademark or license agreement and assist with buying or selling a business. Whether you’re looking to form a partnership, corporation or LLC, the attorneys at Fletcher Tilton have the knowledge and experience to help pave the way.

Liquor License

The process of obtaining a liquor license is lengthy and complex.  We can help clarify this process by educating you on the requirements to get your liquor license as well as any restrictions or local conditions that may prevent you from obtaining a liquor license in the first place. We’ll collect the necessary information required to complete the application and assist you in taking those extra steps that many community boards like to see before they vote to approve your application. When you do appear before a community board, we will be there with you and ensure that you are fully prepared for the process. The attorneys at Fletcher Tilton have appeared before numerous local licensing boards to obtain approval for required licenses. In addition, we have worked with the ABCC in the procurement of final approvals. It is this level of personal involvement that distinguishes Fletcher Tilton from other attorneys.


Opening a restaurant can be extremely complex as there are a myriad of licenses, permits and certificates that need to be obtained. Identifying what licenses and permits you will need is daunting and the application process can be even harder. Depending on the type of establishment, the licensing, permit and certificate requirements can vary drastically and if you fail to obtain the proper documents your restaurant may be forced to close. With our years of experience in this industry, Fletcher Tilton can help ensure you get the permitting you need to start your business successfully.


The employment and labor attorneys at Fletcher Tilton have the experience and knowledge to help guide you through the maze of laws and regulations that impact your business.  We assist clients to develop policy and employment manuals covering the many federal, state and local government laws and help clients communicate their business goals and expectations to create more productive employees. Our attorneys can provide onsite training programs for managers and supervisors on a variety of legal and human resource topics, to help reduce employment-related risks and to improve productivity and quality of performance.


Restaurant lease terms such as the duration of the lease, assignability, personal guaranty, and options to renew are extremely important and must be carefully considered and negotiated.  Restaurant leases are extremely complex as they address several provisions not typical in general commercial leases entered into by other businesses. Our practice group has successfully represented numerous restaurant operators ranging from sole proprietorships to multi-venue operators in the leasing of their space(s).

Succession Planning

Our attorneys provide advice to restaurant owners to ensure that the restaurant lasts for generations, with thoughtful estate and business planning considerations.

Sales & Acquisition

Buying or selling a restaurant is unique process not to be taken lightly. There are numerous things to consider when you are thinking of buying/selling the assets of the business, or the company itself.  That decision depends on whether you want to inherit/transfer the debts of the company. There are several issues to consider, such as: confidentiality agreements, general provisions, sale of stock, valuations, bulk assets, equipment and fixtures, successor liability and lease agreements, to name a few. Our attorneys will use their experience and expertise to help you in all of these areas.


Commercial borrowers and lenders look to the experience and dedication of the attorneys at Fletcher Tilton, in matters pertaining to restaurant financing and other types of commercial loans. Lawyers of our law firm draft agreements, negotiate terms, and counsel clients on the business aspects of proposed lending transactions. Lenders are concerned about obtaining the necessary security interest in the borrower's collateral. Borrowers need reassurance that terms of a commercial loan are clear and fair before assuming significant debt.


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