Cole Schotz P.C.


Restaurant & Hospitality


The restaurant and hospitality industry is known to have an extraordinarily high mortality rate for new ventures in the first five years of operation. The reasons behind those failures are many — location selection, lack of start-up capital, vague brand identity, inconsistent service, partner or employee disputes, and even mission drift. In today’s ultra-competitive food and beverage marketplace, where guests are sophisticated and business challenges come from both expected and unexpected places, it is imperative that foodie entrepreneurs, restaurant groups, celebrity chefs, craft brewers, hotel owners and investors engage a strong team of advisors to limit bumps along the road to success.

Our Restaurant & Hospitality team is experienced and ready to assist at every stage of the business lifecycle:

  • Corporate Structuring and Governance
  • Raising Capital and Investor Relations
  • Commercial Credit and Finance
  • Acquisitions
  • Franchising
  • Tax Planning
  • Leasing and Construction
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Intellectual Property and Brand Protection
  • Employment Matters (including wage & hour and harassment)
  • Executive Chef Compensation and Profit Sharing Programs
  • Dispute Resolution 

Our strategy is simple – understand the market, ask the right questions to help you formulate your goals, then apply informed creative thinking to help you reach those goals. As your counsel, we are ready to help anticipate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and ensure you are ready to respond and thrive.


Department Chairs




Are No-Poach Deals Hidden in Fast Food's Secret Sauce?

As published in: Human Resource Executive July 11, 2018

New Partners Yearbook 2018

As published in: New Jersey Law Journal March 8, 2018

DOL Changes Could be Positive for Hospitality Employers

As published in: Hospitality Law March 2018

People in the News

As published in: The Legal Intelligencer January 8, 2018

Central Jersey Daily Rundown

As published in: The Courier News January 7, 2018

Wake Up Call: Trump Lawyers’ Busy New Year

As published in: Big Law Business January 4, 2018

Cole Schotz names two new members to NJ office

As published in: NJBIZ January 2, 2018

Cole Schotz Restaurant & Hospitality Group recognized in Law360

As published in: Law360 February 21, 2017


NJ Passes Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act

Employment Law April 4, 2018