January 2019
In this issue...
  • Upcoming Industry Events
  • Article: Massachusetts Minimum Wage Changes For Tipped Employees
  • Marketing Corner
  • Industry Trends/News
  • Client News
  • Events & Participation

Upcoming Industry Events

Massachusetts Restaurant Association Education Foundation Presents 
The 2019 Massachusetts ProStart Student Invitational 

February 12, 2019 | Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
RIW's Adam Barnosky will participate as a judge.
More info.

MRA 2019 New England Food Show 
March 3-5, 2019 | Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
More info.

Massachusetts Minimum Wage Changes
For Tipped Employees

Starting January 1, 2019, the “Grand Bargain” Law, in addition to increasing the minimum wage from $11 to $12 per hour, changed both the tip credit employees receive and how tip credit is calculated.  The changes in calculation could have a significant impact on restaurant’s payroll practices in the short term.
The tip credit allows employers to pay tipped employees at a reduced hourly rate (which effective January 1, 2019 has increased from $3.75 to $4.35 per hour), provided that the tips an employee receives average out to be at least equivalent to the state minimum wage.
Full Article

Dave Robinson coordinates Ruberto, Israel & Weiner’s Employment Practice Group and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.  He can be reached at dwr@riw.com, 617-570-3562, or on Twitter at @DWRobinsonesq

Marketing Corner

Water water everywhere… 

A pet peeve of some diners is the inability to get the server's attention in between courses for something as minor as a water refill.  Yes, some people drink a lot of it and need frequent fill ups. Many restaurants have eliminated this issue by simply leaving a bottle of water on the table so a guest can ‘self-serve’ at will.

Providing the guest with bottled water makes for a happy customer and actually lightens the load on the serving staff whose attention can be better put to more meaningful uses.

RIW Client News

Congratulations to RIW client Wahlburgers on the upcoming opening of a new location in London this Spring. Full article.  
Congratulations to RIW client Wahlburgers on the opening of Wahlburgers 30th location in Dorcester, MA on December 18, 2018. Full article.
Attending for RIW were Lou Katz, Stacey Friends (with Abby Roebuck), Dave Robinson, and Howie Altholtz.

RIW Events and Participation

Click here to request more information, or copies of any event presentation materials. 

RIW Employment attorney Dave Robinson moderated a panel for the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce about the recent “Grand Bargain” signed by Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, on September 26, 2018 at the Meadowbrook Golf Club in Reading, MA. Also in attendance was RIW's Catherine Rossetti. 

The panel included Pat Lee, Owner of the Horseshoe Grille and Chairman of the Restaurant Association of MA, Christopher Carlozzi, State Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and Ryan Kearney, Retailer’s Association of MA, General Counsel.
Picture from Right to left; Pat Lee, Owner of The Horseshoe Grille and Chair of MA Restaurant Association, Lisa Egan, Executive Director of the Chamber, David Robinson Esq, Ruberto, Israel & Weiner and Panel Moderator, Christopher Carlozzi, State Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and Ryan Kearney, Retailer’s Association of MA, General Counsel.
RIW's Dave Robinson and Adam Barnosky presented at the National Retail Tenant Association’s Annual Conference, which took place from September 30 – October 3, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  

Dave spoke on negotiation best practices, preparing and responding to demand letters and navigating lease disputes. Adam's presentations were on restaurant and hospitality leasing and retail considerations for the emerging cannabis industry.  
RIW hosted it's 2nd Corporate Breakfast Series in conjunction with Morgan Stanley on October 2, 2018 at Gather in Boston. This forum focused on business owners and C-suite executives on “Preparing Your Company for Sale.” 

RIW business attorney John F. Cohan, moderated the panel which included David Atallah & Michael Cassa (The Catalyst Group) of Morgan Stanley.
RIW was a proud sponsor and participant of the Boston Magazine's Top New Restaurants Event to kick off their fall issue. The event took place on October 30, 2018 at City Winery in Boston.

RIW's Kelly Caralis moderated a restaurant-focused panel discussion which included Cat Silirie, Executive Wine Director and Wine Buyer, Barbara Lynch Collectiv, Karen Akunowicz, Chef/Owner, Fox & the Knife, and Kelly Walsh, Co-Owner and COO, Sweet Cheeks Q, Tiger Mama, and Fool’s Errand.

Also in attendance from RIW were Howie Altholtz, Adam Barnosky, John Cohan, Bill Friedler, Stacey Friends, Lou Katz, Dave Robinson, Catherine Rossetti, Russ Stein, and Dianna Williams.
Left to right; Bill Friedler, Dave Robinson, Catherine Rossetti, Adam Barnosky, Kelly Caralis, Howie Altholtz, Dianna Williams, and Russ Stein
Photo Credit: Cheryl Richards 
RIW was a presenter at the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference  which took place from November 12 through the 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. 
RIW's Lou Katz and Russ Stein hosted a panel discussion on Revenue Generation, and included panelists Jack Huang, CEO, Douzo, Steve DiFillippo, CEO, Davio’s Restaurants, and Paul Wahlberg, Chef, Wahlburgers.

"I had a blast and was blown away by the fact you would include me in such a fantastic panel."
-Paul Wahlberg, Chef, Wahlburgers

You can listen to the full audio from the panel under the day two section and presentation title "Revenue Generation Beyond the Four Walls": audio
RIW was a proud sponsor of the Boston Magazine's Taste of Boston which took place on November 13, 2018 at the Boston Childrens Museum. 
Bottom center; Adam Barnosky and Lauren Barnosky 

Stay Connected

Attorneys in RIW’s Hospitality and Retail Services Group have provided legal services to industry clients for over 30 years. Our attorneys organize seminars, lecture, write articles, participate in trade associations, and serve on Boards of Advisors for retail, food and hospitality industry companies.

For a full description of our Hospitality and Retail Services Group, including a list of representative clients, click here.

Hospitality & Retail Services
Industry Group Attorneys

Adam Barnosky, Liquor Licensing, Zoning, and Permitting
Kelly Caralis, Mergers & Acquisitions and Leasing

Bradley Croft, Construction Law

Michael J. Duffy, Litigation

Stacey Friends, Trademark and Branding

Bethany Grazio, Mergers & Acquisitions and Financing

Louis Katz, Hospitality & Retail Services Group Chair
Mergers & Acquisitions and Leasing

David Robinson, Litigation, Employment

Michael D. Rosen, Commercial Real Estate; Zoning; Land Use;
Leasing & Financing and Green Initiatives


Catherine Barton Rossetti, Trusts & Estates

Russell Stein, Mergers & Acquisitions and Leasing


Click here for past articles on a range of issues including: Finance; Leasing; Liquor Licensing; Data Security; Succession & Estate Planning; Disputes; Construction; Employment Law; and Trademark/Branding.

Published by Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.

Adam Barnosky , Esq., Editor.
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