Restaurant Group Opens New Restaurant in Fishtown

Our restaurant operator client, who had several restaurants in the warehouse district just off of Spring Garden Street, decided to expand his geographic reach to the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Instead of leasing a restaurant space as he had always done, our client had the opportunity to purchase two units of a four-unit commercial condominium building of raw space and the liquor license being held by the property owner marketing the condominium units for sale.

Our client retained us to handle the acquisition of the real estate and the financing of the property acquisition. We also handled the formation of the corporate entity which would hold title to the condominium units and the corporate entity that would own and operate the restaurant establishment. Plus, we prepared a lease between the newly formed corporate entities that owned the real estate and the restaurant establishment.

We represented our restaurant operator client in memorializing the terms and conditions of the real estate and liquor license acquisition by way of a written sales and purchase agreement. We also filed paperwork with the state to form these new corporate entities and prepared written operating agreements between the restaurant operator and its members, which included a silent investor of this business venture. We then reviewed all the loan documents prepared by the banking institution that agreed to finance the real estate and liquor license acquisition.

At closing, we guaranteed all conditions precedent of the written sales and purchase agreement were met, the client executed the loan documents we previously reviewed with him prior to closing, and he obtained title insurance to protect them as part of this property acquisition. We also ensured he paid what was owed for the purchase price and the fees and costs due to the banking institution and title insurance company on account of this real estate and business transaction.

After closing, the corporate entities that our restaurant operator client owned and controlled entered into the written lease for the new restaurant establishment.

Soon after closing took place, our restaurant operator client invested a significant amount of money in building out the space for what is now known as Kensington Quarters, one of the top restaurants in Philadelphia.

Alan and his team have become part of my team. They work with you and for you, truly a one of a kind experience. He has proven to be a crucial piece to every business move that we make. His extensive list of amazing references has been incredibly useful. Choosing Alan is a step in the right direction for you.

- Michael Pasquarello, Kensington Quarters

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