Restaurant Law


Counseling Owners on Their Real Estate and Business Legal Needs

As of a recent count, there were 6,650 restaurants in New York City, more than any city in the world. Many are owned by newly aspiring entrepreneurs. Some are franchised concepts. Some are owned by seasoned restaurant developers. Regardless of what type of restaurant owner you are or are aspiring to be, Einbinder Dunn & Goniea is equipped to meet and exceed all of your legal needs. Our firm represents restaurant owners, developers, franchisors and franchisees in all business, franchise and litigation matters in New York and the entire New York Metropolitan area.

Our extensive franchise experience coupled with our decades of real estate and business experience, particularly in this industry, make us a one stop shop for the many legal needs of a restaurant owner, either in general business and litigation matters or in addressing franchising issues. We handle business organization and agreements, commercial leasing, employment agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, investment and financing agreements as well as litigation and arbitration arising from all of these areas.

In franchising, we have years of experience developing and analyzing restaurant franchise concepts. In real estate, we have handled numerous restaurant leases in the New York Metropolitan area. For the restaurant developer, having one firm to turn to for all of these varied needs is invaluable.

We have worked recently in development projects for multi-unit developers of national chain restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, Corner Bakery Café and MOOYAH Burgers, as well as privately owned single unit restaurants. Our firm’s devotion and accessibility is unparalleled through every step of your transaction, from the concept stage, to leasing, business development, operating agreements and expansion plans.

Recent News

Mackenzie Dimitri and James Goniea are presenting separately at the ABA Forum on Franchising in Palm Desert, California in October. Mackenzie’s presentation is titled “Enforcing the Bargain or Buying Your Way Out? The Right to Specific Performance in Franchise Agreements versus the Concept of Efficient Breach.” Jim is a member of the panel presenting the “Fundamentals of Franchising” intensive program.  

On April 11, 2017, Michael Einbinder and Jim Goniea conducted a live on-line webinar titled “Litigating Franchise Disputes” through Lawline, a legal CLE provider. The presentation received stellar reviews and is available for purchase by clicking here

Mackenzie Dimitri hosted a webinar for the American Bar Association on March 28, 2017, titled “Hot Legal Topics to Consider This Renewal Season.” Mackenzie hosted the webinar with a panel of distinguished franchise attorneys and discussed the following topics: (1) The new NASAA FPR Commentary; (2) new technological developments in the franchise industry and their regulatory implications; (3) data management and privacy issues; (4) the new SBA process; and (5) the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.

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