Practice Group

Restaurant & Hospitality Attorneys

KJK’s Restaurant & Hospitality attorneys understand the unique needs and diverse challenges of clients in the restaurant and hospitality industries, from start-ups and mom-and-pops to regional and national chains.

Our team has worked with world-famous chefs and restaurateurs, fast-casual concepts, breweries and more. We have the industry knowledge to help you anticipate the common issues that restaurateurs face and help you build a robust restaurant group. Whether you are just starting out or an established brand looking to build a franchise program, KJK has the experience and knowledge to guide you.

Our Restaurant & Hospitality Clients & Services 

  • Business Development & Contracts
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Construction Negotiation & Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment
  • Liability Issue Assistance
  • Licensing & Franchising
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Liquor Control
  • Purchase & Sale of Restaurants & Assets
  • Real Estate, Takings & Zoning
  • Sales Tax  

Restaurant & Hospitality

Who We Serve

  • Beer, Wine & Spirits Industries
  • Breweries
  • Casinos
  • Distributors
  • Early-stage Restaurant Companies
  • Food Manufacturers


  • Food Service Industries
  • Franchisors & Franchisees
  • Hoteliers
  • Licensors
  • Restaurant Chains
  • Restaurateurs
  • Restaurateurs
  • Retailers
  • Vendors
  • Wholesalers
  • Wineries


Restaurant & Hospitality

Read Our Blog

Ohio Liquor Permit Primer

Ohio Liquor Permit Primer

Key Takeaways: Ohio issues three tiers of liquor permits to accommodate different businesses and establishments. A person/business can have only one permit per tier at a time for either manufacturing, wholesale distribution, or retail businesses. While the types of...

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Restaurants Push for More COVID Relief

Restaurants Push for More COVID Relief

Two years ago this week, the country began to shut down due to COVID. Now, thousands of restaurant owners, employees and patrons alike are calling on President Biden to assist in getting another round of restaurant relief pushed through. The height of the pandemic was...

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Restaurant & Hospitality


Jon Pinney Cleveland Corporate Lawyer

Jon J. Pinney

Managing Partner

Kyle Stroup Cleveland Attorney KJK

Kyle D. Stroup


Emily O. Vaisa


Jeffrey R. Vaisa




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