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PROTECTING YOUR RESTAURANT’S NAME

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  There are multiple levels of protection you can seek to secure the name of your restaurant or establishment.  The first level of protection, though slight, is the least expensive and least burdensome to attain.  It comes from an establishment’s registered “doing business as” (d/b/a) certificate, which is required by law for every business Continue Reading...
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WILL A NEW STATE BILL “CHOKE” SMALL RESTAURANTS?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, any restaurant with a seating capacity of 25 persons or more must have on premises, while food is being served, an employee trained to render assistance to any patron who is choking. M.G.L. c. 94, s. 305D; 105 CMR 590.009(E).  Though little known, this law was established in 1980.  On October Continue Reading...
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COMMON REASONS WHY APPLICANTS FOR POURING LICENSES ARE DISQUALIFIED

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  A nightclub, hotel, restaurant or other establishment may obtain a “pouring license,” or general on-premises license, which authorizes the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises under M.G.L. c. 138, s. 12. Depending on whether the applicant is an individual, a partnership or a corporation, there may be different restrictions governing the Continue Reading...
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THE NEW CATERING LICENSE LAW IN MASSACHUSETTS

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  The State of Massachusetts has approved a new “Caterer’s License,” effective starting October 31, 2012. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, s. 12, this Caterer’s License acts as an “on-premises” license, permitting a caterer to sell alcoholic beverages for up to five (5) hours at a private event in a municipality that has Continue Reading...
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THE STATUS OF “BYOB” IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, restaurants in the possession of either an All-Alcoholic Beverages License or a Malt and Wine License are prohibited from allowing patrons to bring their own alcohol on to the premises, a practice widely known as “BYOB.”  Yet this statewide ban is only in affect when the restaurant has an existing Continue Reading...
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