Food and Hospitality

Barton attorneys hold a diverse set of experiences in representing domestic and international providers of food and hospitality services alike.

From local bed and breakfasts and casual dining establishments to high-end hotel-resorts and award-winning gastropubs, Barton has aided a myriad of companies in the food and hospitality businesses.

In the realm of food and drink, Barton advises several overseas producers and retailers of wine, spirits, and specialty foods regarding all aspects of their operations in the United States and compliance with U.S. federal agencies. For domestic companies, we assist with corporate structuring, financing, real estate leasing, employment matters, private equity formation, and intellectual property concerns.

Our attorneys are also well acquainted with the hospitality industry, handling licensing, leasing agreements, management agreements, and employment matters for hotels and other hospitality venues in New York and beyond. We value our clients just as much as they value theirs, and we work to keep operations running smoothly so that our clients can focus on keeping their competitive edge in an ever-growing industry. To this point, we capitalize on our relationships with investors, PR firms, landlords, real estate brokers, construction firms, and others to help our clients achieve their business goals.

Work in this Area

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Representative Matters
  • Represented Client Converting Historical Building to Bed-and-Breakfast
    • Represented a client in upstate New York in their purchase of a historical building that was turned into a bed and breakfast/restaurant. Successfully secured trademarks for the logos of the new establishment as well.
  • Counsel to Award-Winning Chef in New Restaurant Operations
    • Represented an award-winning chef in the successful opening and operation of his new Manhattan restaurant, including in connection with corporate structuring, financing, real estate leasing, employment matters, and various related agreements and business ventures expanding the chef’s brand.
  • Aided NY Wine and Spirits Retailer in Salvaging Business
    • Represented a New York-based wine and spirits retailer concerning salvaging and continuing the business after the death of its CEO and founder.
  • Advised Chocolates/Confections Retailer on Business Operations
    • Represented a New York-based retailer in chocolates and confections with the successful opening and operation of its business, including corporate structuring, financing, real estate leasing, employment matters, and various related agreements and business ventures.
  • Represented Vending Company in Union Arbitrations
    • Represented the vending company at Yankee Stadium successfully in both union arbitrations and against bias claims. 
  • Represented Owner of High-End Restaurant in NYFSA Suit
    • Represented the owner and licensor of a well-known, high-end restaurant brand and was granted a dismissal in a lawsuit alleging violation of the New York Franchise Sales Act.
  • Counsel to Investors Purchasing Units in Fast Casual Restaurant Company
    • Represented the investment group in the purchase of $5MM of Series A Preferred Units of a fast casual restaurant company.
  • Represented Hotel-Resort Purchasers in Financing and Franchise Agreements
    • Has represented multiple hotel-resort purchasers, including those involved in securitized financing and “flag”/franchise agreements.
  • Advised on Structure and Formation of Food/Beverage Private Equity Fund
    • Advised a fund sponsor on structure and the formation of a U.S.-managed private equity fund focused on the food and beverage industry.
  • Advised Hospitality Tech Company on Pre-Seed and Seed financing
    • Advised a hospitality technology company on its Series Pre-Seed Preferred Stock Financing of $225,000 and its Series Seed Preferred Stock Financing of $350,000.
  • Advised French Food Processing Co. On Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
    • Advised the U.S. subsidiary of a French food processing company on a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding of a natural food ingredients business and on the subsequent acquisition of the assets of a competitor in that business.
  • Negotiated Licensing and Distribution Agreements for Spirits Co.
    • Represented a foreign spirits company concerning its licensing and distribution agreements in the United States.