How to Respond When Someone Sues Your Restaurant

No one expects to get sued, and many business owners don’t have a response plan. The first steps you take after getting served with lawsuit papers are very important. Doing the right thing can ultimately make a difference in the outcome of the lawsuit. Restaurant owners are exposed to many types of lawsuits — there […]

The Hidden Liabilities of Pay-to-Play Laws and End-of-Shift Drinks

Liquor liability and dram shop laws offer plenty of liability exposure for restaurant owners when it comes to serving alcohol. But pay-to-play laws and end-of-shift drinks expose restaurant owners and managers to additional liabilities for which they may be less prepared. Becoming familiar with pay-to-play regulations and the risks of offering end-of-shift drinks is an […]

Hidden fire hazards to avoid in restaurants

While any structure or business is susceptible to fire, restaurant owners have more to worry about than most. Restaurant fires are destructive, costly, and many establishments don’t survive a fire loss. During a four-year study by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 7,640 structural fires in dining and drinking establishments. These fires caused […]

How Restaurants Can Make Disability Accommodations for Staff and Patrons

A great restaurateur knows how to accommodate guests, including guests with disabilities. More than 19% of the American population is disabled. At any time, a customer or employee may seek accommodation from your establishment. Knowing how to respond—and even to anticipate their needs—is imperative. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of people with […]

How Rideshare Apps Affect Restaurant Liability

It’s tempting to believe that rideshare services like Uber and Lyft can prevent accidents and save lives — especially if you own restaurants or other hospitality businesses that serve alcohol. Alcohol-impaired drivers accounted for more than 10,000 fatalities in 2015 — 29 percent of all crash deaths — according to the National Highway Transportation Safety […]

5 Steps Your Restaurant Can Take to Reduce Foodborne Illness Liability

Foodborne illnesses can be nightmare scenarios for restaurants — bad publicity scares customers away while owners confront a mountain of legal liabilities. Such imposing risks illustrate the value of zealous attention to food safety and outbreak prevention in restaurants, where two-thirds of all U.S. foodborne-illness outbreaks originate. All told, foodborne illnesses sicken one-sixth of the […]