Important Clauses in a Commercial Lease

When it comes to getting a commercial lease, there are five main clauses that you’ll need to pay special attention to, specifically if you’re a bar or restaurant owner: 1. DURATION: The longer the lease, the better. Ideally, your lease will come with minimum landlord intervention. Instead of blindly following your broker, research the market … Read more

The 500 Foot Rule of Liquor Licenses

If you’re getting ready to apply for a liquor license, you should familiarize yourself with the 500 Foot Rule. Unfortunately, this rule often results in applications being rejected. Before you submit your liquor license application, learn this rule & figure out if it applies to you. According to, the 500 Foot Rule says that: … Read more

Restaurant Entities: Do You Want an LLC or an S-Corporation for Your Eatery?

Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) are so similar to sub-corporations that it can make choosing one or the other confusing. Often, New York State attorneys get asked the question, “Which one’s right for me?” While you should always speak with a lawyer as you go through the process of setting up your restaurant, knowing the basics … Read more

Foodstock 5 Right Around the Corner!

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit – and devastated – Louisiana. The impact reached far beyond the state’s borders, encouraging people across the world to help with relief efforts. Through the company I co-own with Ryan Michael, Turning Point Entertainment, we planned the Rock to Rebuild charity concert. Thankfully, businesses and individuals willingly dedicated their time … Read more

The Liquor Authority Mapping Project (LAMP)

The New York State Liquor Authority has a new Geographic Information System called LAMP. (Liquor Authority Mapping Project) LAMP was launched in February of 2012. What kind of information does LAMP provide? The adjudicated disciplinary history of a particular establishment. Any schools or churches that are near to a licensed or a potentially licensed establishment. … Read more

The Basics of Liquor Licenses

Liquor licenses are a hot topic in Poughkeepsie – every current or future bar or restaurant owner seems to have questions on the subject. Our next few blog posts are going to be dedicated to liquor licenses in New York. First, check out the general information we have on our website by following this link: … Read more

Is There Added Value in Hiring a Local Attorney?

The short answer is: yes, and for many more reasons than simply being located nearby. Which leads me to the long answer… Accountability and Reputation If you’ve lived in your area for some time, chances are you know somebody who’s familiar with the lawyer you’re interested in hiring. Asking for referrals and opinions from past … Read more


Hi All! Welcome to our brand new blog! The experts at Angelino Law now have an outlet to share their knowledge with the world. From explaining the basics of copyright, trademark & patent law and giving you pointers on how to put your best foot forward in court to keeping you up-t0-date with Lorenzo Angelino’s … Read more