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Restaurants

Rhode Island Lawyers with Your Business's Best Interest in Mind

Bilodeau Capalbo, LLC understands the fast-paced and competitive nature of the restaurant industry. Our Rhode Island attorneys continuously represent the legal needs of the restaurant business, acting as trusted advisors and rigorous advocates for all aspects of a company's business. Our experience includes representing the full spectrum of restaurant types including national and regional chains; upscale, top-tier establishments; chef's restaurants; casual dining; quick service restaurants and stand-alone facilities in hotels, malls and stadiums.

Our restaurant clients count on us for a full range of legal representation including:

  • Real estate transactions
  • Trademark issues
  • Labor negotiations
  • Financing, restructuring or bankruptcy
  • Franchise issues
  • Taxation
  • Litigation
Corporate Services

Bilodeau Capalbo, LLC is experienced in a variety of matters pertinent to the restaurant industry, including:

  • Debt and equity financing
  • Purchase and sale
  • Operating issues
  • Credit card issues
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Licensing issues
  • Entity formation
  • Formation and dissolution of partnerships
  • Expansion through private syndications
  • Institutional joint ventures
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Supplier and distribution arrangements
  • Stock option plans
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • Securities issues
Franchises

Bilodeau Capalbo, LLC's has negotiated franchise arrangements on behalf of franchisees. Additionally, our Rhode Island lawyers actively represent various franchisors in bankruptcy cases pending throughout the United States.

Real Estate & Land Use

Our real estate and land use lawyers represent the needs of restaurants day in and day out and advise on a full range of real estate issues, including:

  • Commercial leasing
  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Lease negotiation and administration for developers and tenants
  • Ground leases, subleases, other leasehold financing documents
  • Landlord disputes
  • Regulation of real property use, permitting and development
  • Code compliance
  • Construction contracts including tenant improvements
  • Complex loan documentation and finance
  • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
  • Title insurance and mechanics lien issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Abstracting lease portfolios
  • ADA counseling and litigation
  • Portfolio management
  • Chain-wide roll-outs and store closures
Intellectual Property

Bilodeau Capalbo, LLC is experienced in the process of identifying, protecting, defending, maximizing and enforcing intellectual property rights for restaurants. We handle a full range of intellectual property issues for our clients, including trademark, copyright, trade dress, trade secrets, licensing, patent, Internet domain names, advertising, and related litigation.

Labor & Employment Law

Bilodeau Capalbo, LLC's labor and employment lawyers work closely with restaurant clients to develop proactive compliance and dispute resolution strategies. Our goal is to find solutions that minimize disputes with employees and maximize strategic advantage if litigation is necessary. When controversy is unavoidable, we are effective advocates, handling jury trials, administrative trials and appeals before courts and administrative agencies.

We are experienced in a full range of employment and labor law issues and provide counseling and litigation expertise in the following areas:

  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Management representation in collective bargaining – including multi-union, multi-location talks
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Trade secrets and non-competition agreements
  • Responses to grievance and arbitration actions
Food Service Issues

Bilodeau Capalbo, LLC has extensive experience dealing with all aspects of the Rhode Island state and local legislative and regulatory issues, which affect retail food service operations. This includes such areas as the application of sales taxes to retail food and beverage operations, alcoholic beverage licensure and regulation, retail food sanitation and safety requirements, and accessibility related issues. The Firm is continuously monitoring food service trends and developments, and it is involved in the formulation of Rhode Island public policy, related to retail food operations.

Litigation

Bilodeau Capalbo, LLC represents restaurants as both defendants and plaintiffs. We represent the needs of restaurants in a wide range of issues including:

  • Unfair competition and business practice claims
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defense
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Construction litigation
  • Eminent domain and inverse condemnation
  • Mechanics lien claims
  • Bankruptcy, workouts and restructuring
  • Labor and employment law issues
Troubled Real Estate Assets, Workouts, Restructuring, Receiverships, & Bankruptcy

Our lawyers are experienced in evaluating both the financial restructuring, receiverships and bankruptcy implications of a full range of business and real estate transactions. Our lawyers are at home in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut Federal and State courts, arbitrations, mediations and judicial references.

Our services include:

  • Loan workouts in and out of bankruptcy
  • Representing lessors in bankruptcy cases concerning timely payment of rent, going out of business sales and closing guidelines, and lease designation rights
  • Buying and selling troubled assets in and out of bankruptcy
  • Out of court workouts, liquidations and corporate dissolutions
  • Representation of Chapter 11 debtors
  • Assumption or rejection of executory contacts and unexpired leases in bankruptcy
  • Relief from the automatic stay and offset issues in bankruptcy
  • Negotiating, preparing and confirming Chapter 11 plans for both debtors and creditors
  • Negotiating and documenting cash collateral orders and debtor-in-possession financing for both debtors and creditors
  • Defense of bankruptcy related litigation such as preference or turnover actions
  • Representation of franchisors in bankruptcy cases

Bilodeau Capalbo, LLC's restaurant industry group is experienced in all the critical aspects of the restaurant business. We understand the industry and we are committed to our clients’ success.

Contact us online or call 401-300-4055 for more information.

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