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Pass-Through Deduction Regulations are Good News for Restaurant Owners
Christofer Georgiou

Recently, the IRS issued final regulations on the new pass-through deduction. In general, the regulations are taxpayer friendly and will make it easier for restaurants to claim the deduction.


New Sales Tax Regime Casts a Wide Net
Robert Swenson

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark June 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair opened the door for states to impose sales tax collection obligations on out-of-state sellers without a physical presence in the state.


A Recipe for Online Success: Five Key Ingredients for Shaping Your Restaurant’s Social Media Strategy
Thomas Pierce

Restaurants often talk about establishing a social media presence. However, most restaurants already have such a presence, whether they know it or not. It’s likely that people are discussing your restaurant on Facebook, sharing photos of your food or decor on Instagram, and posting reviews to sites like Yelp and Foursquare.


The Impact of Tax Reform on Restaurants
Kenneth Kobiernicki

The Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 is the most dramatic reform to the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years, impacting both restaurants and employees.


Sugar Tax Set to End While Federal Tax Reform Looms
Christofer Georgiou

Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance This past summer, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance went into effect after challenges and attempts to halt the tax’s implementation. The tax impacted retail sales of sweetened beverages by charging a rate of $0.01 per ounce on such purchases. However, the tax lasted only a few months […]


The Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax is Bad for You – Just Like Sugar
Robert Swenson

Back in November of 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance. The tax is imposed at the rate of $0.01 per ounce on the retail sale of all sweetened beverages in Cook County. The tax was originally intended to go into effect July 1, 2017, but was […]


Is Your Restaurant Ready for a Second (or Third) Location?

Are you thinking about expanding your restaurant? Is now the time to open a second location? Opening a second (or third) location for your restaurant is not a decision to be taken lightly. This article provides a few considerations restaurant owners should take before they map out their move for expansion.


City of Chicago Extends Amusement Tax to Satellite TV Services

Over the past few years, the City of Chicago and Cook County have enacted two new taxes that directly impact restaurants and bars. Last fall, we reported on Cook County’s penny-per-ounce tax on sales of sugary drinks, which will take effect on July 1, 2017. On the entertainment front, the City of Chicago’s “Amusement Tax,” originally implemented in 2015, left many restaurateurs and bar owners less than amused, as a tax was placed on streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu and Spotify, as well as cloud computing services to which many subscribe. Now, the City has extended that same Amusement Tax to cover satellite TV services. This article provides a play-by-play on how the tax works.


A Prix Fixe Serving of Best Restaurant Management Practices
Robert Swenson

Restaurant Week just arrived to showcase more than 300 Chicago area restaurants. Prix fixe menus of $22, $33 and $44 are offered for breakfast lunch and dinner. In honor of the festivities, our latest Restaurant Group blog is here to serve up a prix fixe menu of best restaurant management practices. Rather than an appetizer, main course and dessert, we will discuss regulations, finances and taxes.


Delivering Lessons Learned in Cuba to the Restaurant Industry
Robert Swenson

In November, I traveled to Cuba for a week-long vacation with my wife and another couple. I departed the United States with an open mind and not really knowing what to expect. The trip was a mind blowing, amazing experience that is hard to put into words. This article shares three lessons that I learned about life in Cuba and relate them to the business of running a restaurant.

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