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Restaurant Group

Whether you are in the fast casual, casual, fine dining or other restaurant industry space, having a trusted partner who knows your business can make the difference between a successful, profitable venture or one that faces financial challenges that are difficult to overcome.  ORBA’s broad menu of accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services, coupled with our deep industry knowledge and experience serving restaurant clients, are the ingredients you seek to take your business to five-star heights.

As one of Chicago’s largest public accounting firms, ORBA provides you with the right mix of proactive, experienced professionals. The CPAs, accountants and advisors in the ORBA Restaurant Group take pride in providing you with the same close, personal attention that you give to your restaurant’s patrons. We listen to you, learn about your needs and take the time to explain how our services can help you in the short- and long-term. 

We understand your business and the operational challenges you face:  Your margins are small, your exposure to theft is high, your reliance on labor is intensive and customer satisfaction is imperative. The ORBA team offers a wealth of suggestions, assistance and financial solutions so that you can concentrate on operating your business with confidence.

Our clients include new concepts just getting off the ground to mature operations. We help new restaurants get started on the right track by setting up internal controls, designing back-office systems, selecting general ledger software and assisting in many other areas.  We will also keep you current on changes in tax laws and accounting rules that directly impact your business.

Our clients come in many types and sizes, including family-owned restaurants, investor-owned, multistate and multi-unit concepts, and franchisors and franchisees. We work closely with industry consultants and other professionals, including attorneys, payroll providers, and insurance consultants, who bring specialized insight and experience in the restaurant business.

The ORBA Restaurant Group takes pride in the role we play in your success because we consider ourselves part of your team.  We are excited to work with your organization and help you to become more profitable.


Tax and Multistate

The nature of the restaurant business can be extremely challenging, but taxes should not be one of the obstacles in your way.  While every business must be tax compliant, ORBA’s Restaurant Group will go above and beyond to provide innovative and proactive strategies to maximize your tax savings and minimize your risk.  We want to be there for you every step of the way throughout the year so you can avoid surprises and capitalize on opportunities.  With ORBA in your kitchen, the complexity of your tax burden will not stand in the way of your restaurant’s success.

Accounting and Audit Solutions

ORBA’s Restaurant Group provides a wide variety of attest services to our clients in the restaurant industry.  Our audit professionals perform financial statement audits, reviews and compilations; conduct agreed upon procedures engagements, including internal control and fraud examinations; evaluate receivables and cash receipts; evaluate franchisee revenues; and conduct employee benefit plan audits.

Accounting Services

As a restaurateur, having timely information and a vision is essential to managing your business. You must be able to quickly adapt to increasing costs, customer trends and array of other variables.  Without reliable data, making adjustments in an ever-changing environment is almost impossible.  At ORBA, we provide our clients with a comprehensive list of accounting services that allows you to analyze reliable, relevant data and develop a strategic business plan. Whether you are looking for periodic bookkeeping, assistance with payroll, monthly benchmarking, cash flow analysis, strategic planning or financial controls, our experienced staff will meet your needs.  We also offer assistance in preparing your various sales and payroll tax returns.


ORBA’s consulting expertise goes far beyond the usual accounting and tax compliance services for the restaurant industry.  Our services include, but are not limited to, point-of-sale (POS) system selection, menu engineering, coordinating payroll and tip reporting practices, inventory management and developing informative periodic financial analysis templates.

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