Small Restaurant Law

The new “Crispy Crepes” restaurant has opened in my neighborhood. We’ve been waiting for a long time. I used to pass the location every day on the way to school, and now we have another quality eating establishment in the hood.
Working at the Legal Services Center has given me a new appreciation for the restaurant business. There are so many legal factors to consider, and then there’s the financing, the cooking, the employees, etc. For example, I did some state tax research today… If you buy a 24 ounce bottle of Coke to go, you don’t have to pay the 5% Massachusetts food tax, but if you buy it “for here”, you do. If you buy a 20 ounce bottle of Coke, you have to pay the tax regardless, unless you’re buying it from the grocery store (but you can’t buy it from a “restaurant part” of a grocery store (where they also sell food for immediate consumption)). Now if you think this is confusing… it’s not. You just give them some money and they give you the Coke. But someone (ie, the owner) has to figure all this stuff out, charge the tax, and pay the tax to the state. How often he or she pays depends upon how much tax there is. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Remember to tip your waitresses and bartenders well tonight – and the owner too.
(Note: Entertainment purposes only people. This is not actual legal advice and I disclaim any responsibility for any inaccuracies. I am not an attorney!)