Restaurants & Hospitality

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba's Restaurants & Hospitality team understands the myriad of unique legal challenges facing restaurant and hospitality entities.

From ensuring the proper licenses are in place to understanding the proper business formation and real estate regulations, our team has helped countless restaurant & hospitality clients, including hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars, microbreweries, fast food franchisees and golf courses.

The Firm’s attorneys represent independent operators; franchisees; franchisors; and regional and national chains, providing strategic guidance to ensure these restaurant and hospitality enterprises have the best chance at long-term success.

Our Service Areas

  • Liquor licensing and compliance / citation defense
  • Restaurant franchise agreements
  • Management agreements
  • Private equity financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate acquisition, financing, leasing and permitting
  • Labor, employment, employee benefit and incentive compensation matters
  • Commercial litigation, including contractual disputes, bankruptcies and creditors’ rights
  • Intellectual property & licensing

Sample of Representative Clients

  • Numerous franchisees of various chains, including McDonald’s, Auntie Anne’s, Playa Bowls, Subway, Red Robin, Jake’s Way Back, and many others
  • Independent restaurant and tavern owners
  • Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries
  • Hotel developers & operators
  • Country Clubs / Golf Courses
  • Water Park / Resorts

Notable Representations

  • Site development, project financing and liquor licensing for Notch Modern Kitchen & Bar
  • Site development, project financing and liquor licensing for Braveheart Highland Pub
  • Site development and liquor licensing for House + Barn
  • Dorney Park & Wild Water Kingdom hospitality and liquor licensing
  • Franchise reviews and renewals/transfers for multiple national and international chain hotels
  • Contract reviews, leasing, transfers, renewals, terminations, and associated transactional work for multiple Dunkins, Burger Kings, Wawas and Subways
  • Site development and approvals for Homewood Suites by Hilton and Springwood Suites by Marriott
  • Contract negotiation and approvals of wireless communications equipment on hotel properties