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Restaurant, Bar & Hospitality Law

Serving the Minnesota Hospitality Industry

Winthrop & Weinstine has a rich history representing clients in the restaurant, bar and hospitality industry for more than 20 years. We understand that restaurants, bars, hotels, resorts and other hospitality businesses face a unique set of challenges, and we provide customized solutions for clients in every corner of the industry, including to owners, chefs, operators, managers, franchisors, franchisees, early-stage restaurant companies, restaurant chains, single-location hotels, hotel chains, distributors, packaged food companies, licensors, food manufacturers, investors, landlords, tenants, and lenders. We have represented clients of all sizes, ranging from the sole proprietor to large national hospitality chains.

With a range of practice areas based in Minnesota’s burgeoning food haven, and client reach across the United States, Winthrop & Weinstine has extensive experience in all matters relevant to the hospitality industry throughout the lifespan of the business, from the start-up phase to developing a succession plan, and everything in between.

Let Winthrop & Weinstine’s lawyers serve you and your business, so you can focus on serving your customers. Among the types of matters we handle for our hospitality clients are:

  • Entity selection and formation
  • Equity, debt and crowd-sourced fundraising
  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Investor agreements
  • Shareholder and partnership agreements
  • Vendor contracts
  • Tax matters
  • Business succession planning

  • Liquor licensing application, renewal and revocation
  • Food and beverage licensing, inspections, investigations and enforcement
  • Building permitting
  • Other State, county and city regulatory compliance, including Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor and Industry, Department of Human Rights, as well as County and City Authorities
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance
  • Food Labeling and advertising

Employment Counseling and Defense
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Wage-and-hour disputes
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Minnesota Human Rights Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Employment contracts, including non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Employee benefits
  • Review of training manuals to ensure coverage of areas of liability
  • Title VII
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Unlawful and sexual harassment
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Hiring and interviewing advice

Real Estate

  • Commercial purchasing and leasing
  • Landlord/tenant issues
  • Construction
  • Zoning and land use
  • Financing

Insurance and Risk Management
  • Liability insurance
  • Property insurance

  • Franchisor and franchisee counseling
  • Purchase and sale
  • Negotiation and counseling on financing transactions
  • Franchise and license agreements
  • Structuring relationships among owners, operators, executives, investors and lenders

Trademark and other Intellectual Property
  • Trademark clearance and registration
  • Copyright
  • Trade secret
  • Licensing
  • Internet domain names
  • Brand management
  • Litigation


  • Foodborne Illness
  • Food product recalls
  • Dram Shop claims
  • Slip-and-fall





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