Restaurant

The passion, creativity, cooking and service expertise that go into any restaurant are only part of its success. Especially in today’s rapidly evolving environment, there are so many legal issues that pervade restaurant ownership and management.

Without question, having access to a firm with proven expertise and ability to provide full service legal and business advice to its restaurant clients is the best way to address them.

From fast food to fine dining, independent concept or franchise, Taylor English’s decades of industry and operational experience with restaurants, franchises and service industries helps clients to:

  • Manage labor and employment issues
  • Comply with state and federal laws
  • Navigate alcohol licensing and permitting
  • Negotiate real estate contracts, leases and related matters
  • Implement technology resources and cyber security protocols
  • Develop roadmaps for both immediate and long-term planning

We support restaurateurs through every stage of the business journey. We actively listen to restaurant owners, franchisors and franchisees to identify business and legal challenges as well as opportunities. Wherever our clients aim to take their restaurant(s), they know they have the backing of the firm’s bench strength and our extensive tenure in the restaurant space. Our flexible model means clients engage us in whatever cadence works for their businesses, allowing them to economize and direct precious resources to the right places in order to thrive. Our backgrounds in restaurant operations and the front-end consumer experience act as force multipliers for our legal knowledge.

We understand how compliance, technology and safety can work together to deliver exceptional service. For instance, we are often asked to educate clients on state and local regulations tied to alcohol licensing and permitting. Our Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service (RASS) workshops are so highly regarded that they are now a prerequisite for obtaining an alcohol license in several Georgia jurisdictions. We also provide counsel on alcohol related matters to a range of food and beverage trade associations, including the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Food Industry Association and Georgia Association of Convenience Stores.

The most significant marker of success for us is growing with our clients and offering needed resources along the way. In short, we keep our fingers on the pulse of the restaurant industry so that we can serve clients proactively and responsively, with practicality and purpose

Insights

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The Formation of a Restaurant as a Legal Entity

2018

On March 6, 2018, Modern Restaurant Management published Julian Fortuna and Jonathan Wilson’s article titled, “The Formation of a…

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Conversations with TED: 2022 Challenges Women are Facing in the Restaurant Industry

2022

In this episode of Conversations with TED, we address some of the challenges facing women in the restaurant and hospitality industry. …

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Holiday Parties: Best Practices for Hosting Special Events at Your Restaurant This Season

2017

Holiday parties are a great way to build revenue at the end of the year. However, potential liabilities can yield devastating results….

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Dealing With Negative Feedback Online: A Restaurant’s Guide to Taking Legal Action

2017

What restaurants can do about bad reviewsFSR Magazine Nowadays, everyone is a food critic. Consequential opinions that were once reserved…

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Some Restaurants Not Reopening Dining Areas

2020

In an interview with CBS 46 on April 26, Michele Stumpe discusses the guidelines required to open the doors of restaurants to customers…

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Compliance Update: The Consumer Review Fairness Act

2018

The Georgia Restaurant Association’s blog published Joseph Sullivan’s article on the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA.) Previously,…

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Conversations with TED: COVID-19 Trends and Restaurant Recovery

2022

This episode of Conversations with TED discusses COVID-19 trends and their impact on the recovery of restaurants. The move by restaurants…

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Conversations with TED: Stories that Defined the Restaurant Industry in 2021

2022

This episode of Conversations with TED speaks to salient factors in 2021 that influenced the restaurant industry. In looking at stories…

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“Women’s Restaurant Leadership Forum,” Restaurateur Summit

2020

On February 27, 2020, Taylor English Partner Michele Stumpe spoke at the Women’s Restaurant Leadership Forum at the Restaurateur Summit…

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The Discrimination Landmine of Ditching Your Landline

2022

Some businesses, including restaurants, are giving up their landlines. But could this expose them to federal disability discrimination…

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The Restaurant Revitalization Fund – A Lifeline for Restaurant Owners and Franchisees

2021

To curb the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) into law on…

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Summary of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s Order Re-Opening Restaurants

2020

Earlier this week, the Governor’s office announced that restaurants in Georgia could re-open as early as Monday (April 27) UNDER certain…

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Everyone in the Pool – Will We Ever Be Able to Include Back-of-the-House Staff in a Tip Pool?

2021

Restaurant Startup & Growth magazine featured Alisa Cleek’s article titled “Everyone in the Pool – Will We Ever Be Able to Include…

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Worth a Shot: Developing a COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy

2021

In a recent article for Restaurant Startup & Growth, Alisa Cleek discusses whether restaurant operators can legally mandate their…

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Steps to Limiting Alcohol Liability

2017

In an article published on March 6, 2017, in the Georgia Restaurant Association’s Legal Knowledge Center Blog, Michele L. Stumpe…

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Surviving the Inspection: How to Protect Your Georgia Alcohol Licenses

2017

Restaurant Informer featured Michele Stumpe and Tiffanie Pittington’s article titled, “Surviving the Inspection: How to Protect Your…

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Tips About “The Big Game” Week

2019

WARNING: DON’T USE THE TERM “SUPER BOWL” IN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA OR PROMOTIONS Taylor English trademark attorney, Amanda Hyland, recently…

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Taylor English Bolsters Corporate Practice With the Addition of Partner Harold M. “Sonny” Cohen

2020

Taylor English Duma LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Harold M. “Sonny” Cohen as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice….

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Conversations with TED: Supply Chain Challenges in the Restaurant Industry

2022

In this episode of Conversations with TED, I address the topic of supply chain challenges. Restaurants depend heavily on supplies as they…

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Conversations with TED: Technology Trends Impacting the Restaurant Industry

2022

In this episode of Conversations with TED, I highlight technology trends shaping the future of the restaurant industry. During the…

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Conversations with TED: Creative Solutions to Restaurants’ Staffing Issues

2022

This episode of Conversations with TED, presents ideas and considerations related to improving restaurant staffing. Ongoing challenges…

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Taylor English’s Michele Stumpe Honored as Legal “Trailblazer” In Georgia

2019

Taylor English Duma LLP is pleased to announce that Michele L. Stumpe has been named a 2019 Georgia Trailblazer by the Daily Report….

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Hacking Scheme Affects More Than 15 Million Customers From the Restaurant, Gaming, and Hospitality Industries

2018

Late last week, the U.S. Justice Department indicted three Ukrainian nationals in connection with a hacking (malware) scheme that stole…

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A Fast Casual’s Guide to Selling Alcohol

2017

In an article published by QSR Magazine on January 31, 2017, Michele L. Stumpe provides insight regarding the challenges quick serve…

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“SBA’s Restaurant Fund Lost in Court. The Targeted EIDL Advance Grant Program could be Next.,” Triad Business Journal

2021

In an article published by the Triad Business Journal on June 16, 2021, Christina Moore discusses the Small Business Administration’s…

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SBA Partnering with Point of Sale Providers for Roll Out of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program

2021

The SBA announced today the first round of technology partners (Clover ®, NCR Corporation, Square, and Toast) participating in a new…

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How Shifting Laws on Tip-Pooling Could Affect Hotels

2017

In an article published by Hotel News Now, Partner Alisa P. Cleek was mentioned for her advice regarding tip-pooling at restaurants on…

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New Hard-Hit Small Business Relief Fund Act

2022

Lawmakers introduce a scaled-down Covid-19 relief bill to aid small businesses. The legislation would transfer remaining funds from the…

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SBA Announces Details on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program

2021

Details on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Program regarding requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available in…

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“Brewery and Distillery Business Entity Selection, Formation, Finance and Insurance,” National Business Institute Seminar

2017

On March 21, 2017, Jonathan B. Wilson spoke on the topic “Brewery and Distillery Business Entity Selection, Formation, Finance and…

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About Taylor English

Taylor English Duma LLP was built from the ground up to provide highest-quality legal services for optimal value. The firm combines the best aspects of a traditional law firm with seasoned attorneys throughout the United States. Together, our attorneys work each day to provide timely, creative, and cost-effective counsel to help clients solve problems and achieve goals. Taylor English clients run the gamut from Fortune 500 companies to middle market businesses to start ups and entrepreneurs. The firm is the Georgia law firm member of GGI Global Alliance AG, the leading worldwide alliance of accounting and law firms, giving our clients access to a trusted stable of high-quality professional services organizations around the globe.

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