Category: Hospitality & Retail Services

Client Alert: Updates Coming to the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

On September 5, 2018 the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) held an outreach seminar with attorneys and municipal counsel to discuss new rules and procedures covering retail license applications, annual renewals, website updates, and more.  Information was provided by Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and ABCC leadership, including: Commissioner Jean Lorizio, Executive Director Ralph…

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Ten Considerations When Negotiating Your Restaurant Construction Contract

Opening a restaurant is an exciting time, but an owner must take care while negotiating the construction contract to protect itself and anticipate the key issues that may arise during the project. Below are ten issues to consider when drafting and negotiating your construction contract. 1. Avoid cost-plus contracts. Cost-plus contracts should be avoided for…

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Client Alert: Governor Baker’s “Grand Bargain”

On June 28, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law (H 4640) that will alter workplace pay and benefits for employers and employees across the state. Below is a synopsis of the bill: Hourly Minimum Wage Increases. Hourly wages will increase progressively from $11 to $15 per hour by 2023. It is estimated…

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At Your Service Newsletter: April 2018

At Your Service Newsletter: April 2018

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Alcohol Licensing: Legal Updates and Insights

There have been several recent developments in the alcoholic beverages industry which affect regulatory oversight, restaurant operations, new liquor licenses, and more. Here is a rundown of the latest developments. Budget Increase Requested for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg requested a $3.69MM budget for fiscal 2019, an increase from $2.44MM…

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Same Name, Different Place: Avoiding Trademark Problems & Adding Value to your Business

Whether you are starting up a business, expanding, or just progressing with your current business, taking care of your brand is vitally important.  Your trademark represents your identity with consumers, the goodwill of your business, and is a valuable asset in your company portfolio. There are a few strategies to consider which can help you…

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Adam Barnosky Appointed as Chairman of the Framingham Board of License Commissioners

Congratulations to Adam Barnosky, who was recently appointed by Mayor Yvonne Spicer as the Chairman of the Framingham Board of License Commissioners.  Adam, who specializes in alcoholic beverage licensing and regulatory compliance, brings extensive industry experience to the Board, which will have authority to oversee and license business activity in the community. Full story.

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RIW Restaurant Trends Tasting Event

RIW’s Hospitality Services Group is proud to introduce a special Restaurant Trends tasting event to benefit 826 Boston. RIW and The Boston Restaurant Group have hosted an annual Restaurant Trends Seminar event for the past 25 years. This year the group will present a special Restaurant Trends Chef Tasting event. Each year the net proceeds raised…

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At Your Service Newsletter: December 2017

At Your Service Newsletter: December 2017

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RIW Hospitality & Retail Services Attorney Kelly Caralis to Moderate at Boston magazine’s Top New Restaurants Event

RIW’s Hospitality & Retail Services attorney Kelly Caralis will moderate the panel at Boston magazine’s Top New Restaurants Event on October 24th at the magazine’s Boston headquarters. Joining the panel will be Shore Gregory, Partner, Les Sablons, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and Row 34, Andy Husbands, Owner/Chef, The Smoke Shop, and Tremont 647, and Dan Kerrigan, Operating Partner, Prairie Fire,…

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