Independent Joe #53 December 2018/January 2019

Espresso is a term derived from the Latin “to press” and the Italian word for “to press out.” It refers to strong black coffee made by forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans. In Italy, people stand and socialize at their local espresso bar while they wait for their hot shot to be concocted. Mary Beth…

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A Night to Remember: Joy in Childhood Foundation

This past holiday season, the Dunkin’ Brands Joy in Childhood Foundation celebrated #GivingTuesday in a big way, announcing $2 million in grants to 150 nonprofit groups that bring joy to children battling hunger or illness. Earlier in November, the Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic chapter held its second annual gala at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, featuring…

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Buyer Beware: Avoiding the pitfalls of successor liability when purchasing a network

Over the last decade, our firm has represented hundreds of Dunkin’ franchisees who have expanded their networks through the purchase of existing restaurants. The vast majority of these acquisitions are transacted as purchases of tangible (e.g. furniture, fixtures, and equipment) and intangible (e.g. telephone numbers) assets, as opposed to the purchase of the stock or…

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Take Care of the Business, and The Business Will Take Care of You

Neal Angelini reflects on his three decades as a franchisee The year was 1989. Microsoft released its Office suite for the first time, “The Simpsons” made its television debut, George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States and Neal Angelini entered the donut business. Born and raised in Connecticut,…

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Don’t Risk Your Network! Learn more at the Illinois Franchise Meeting

Learn how to protect your network from employment nightmares. Illinois elected officials are passing more laws mandating that employers provide more benefits to their employees. In fact this week, Northbrook opted in to the Cook County paid sick leave law! And, just over the past month or so, Illinois expanded the reach of the Illinois Wage…

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Independent Joe #52 October/November 2018

The flourishing realm of voice activation isn’t quite up to these last tasks – yet. But for Dunkin’ Brands, voice-activated ordering is a clarion call towards sales growth and forward-thinking. Nearly one in four 16 to 24 year-olds use voice search on their mobile devices, according to the Global Web Index. And by 2020, half…

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Smart Policies and Procedures are Keys to Crime Prevention at Dunkin’ Shops

As any Dunkin’ franchisee can attest, criminal threats – both internal and external – are an unfortunate reality of doing business. And although crime rates have been in steady decline since the late 1990’s, QSR operators still have to deal with robberies, break-ins, employee theft, and increasingly, drug-related issues inside their businesses. The good news,…

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Pins are in at In-N-Out Burger

Appeals Court protects employees’ right to wear buttons advocating higher wages While employers may require employees to wear a uniform at work, under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) employees have the right to wear union buttons and insignia while working. Those conflicting rights have created fights over what a company may require and what…

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Independent Joe #51 August/September

 So we’ve turned the page and begun a new chapter at Dunkin’ Brands with the ascension of Dave Hoffman to President and Chief Executive Officer and the retirement of Nigel Travis. As we’ve often written here, change is inevitable and, ultimately, healthy. I would expect that to be true of this latest change as…

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