Practice Areas

Restaurant, Hospitality And Food Service Law

Kay & Tawasha LLP works with chefs, restaurateurs and other food service professionals to acquire, open and operate restaurants and other retail and wholesale businesses. Our restaurant, food service and hospitality practice is highly specialized, and we take a personal approach with our clients to help them develop an optimal operating structure given their particular goals, location, capital needs and concepts.

We have worked with many chefs to help them realize their dreams of transitioning from an employee to opening their own restaurant and have helped existing businesses expand to multiple locations. We have several clients whose restaurants have been ranked in the Top 10 and Top 100 in the Bay Area, and many have been awarded Michelin stars.

Our network of consultants and professionals allows us to refer our clients to other professionals they need for every aspect of their business. This includes alcoholic beverage law and licensing, zoning, labor, immigration and employment law as well as accounting and finance.

Typical matters in this area of practice include:

  • Capitalization and financing of restaurant entities
  • Partnership, shareholder and operating agreements
  • Leases
  • Asset purchase agreements (including liquor license acquisition)
  • Distribution, production and supply agreements
  • Catering agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Professional service agreements
  • Construction agreements
  • Entity formation and maintenance

Representative restaurant and bar clients include: Aina, AQ, Brewster’s, Cala, Comal, Commonwealth, Delfina, Garibaldi’s on Presidio, Frances, Ivy Room, Kagawaya Noodle Company, Irish Bank, Liholiho Yacht Club, Libation Taproom, Locanda, Lord Stanley, Maven, Monk’s Kettle, Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio, Nopa, Nopalito, Octavia, Pizzeria Delfina, Ragazza, Sababa, Sabio on Main, Serpentine, Sol Food, State Bird Provisions, 20th Century Café, The Progress and The Third Rail Bar.

Representative hospitality and food service clients include: Bi-Rite Creamery, Bi-Rite Markets, Foxtail Catering & Events, 415 Catering, Lettieri & Company, Living Room Events, Noe Valley Wine Merchants, Park Inn International, Señor Sisig, St. George Spirits, Water 2 Table Fish Co.

Contact: Carolyn J. Tawasha