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A Day in the Life of Hospitality Attorney Jack Gordon in 33 Photos

It is virtually impossible to open a restaurant in NYC without a lawyer, or rather several lawyers, to help navigate the city's Byzantine real estate, liquor, and labor laws. This is where Jack Gordon comes in. His firm specializes hospitality law and his clients range from long established brands to new start ups. This is an average day in his life in 33 photos.

Jack Gordon is a partner in law firm Kent, Beatty & Gordon and specializes in hospitality law. His clients include such notable restaurants as Esca, L'Artusi, and Spasso as well as new start ups. While he recently spent three weeks in court on a lengthy trial, the bulk of his work revolves around helping restaurants open and remain profitable. His day involves looking at potential spaces with clients looking to open new businesses that range from a boutique doughnut shop to a wine store, and helping them negotiate leases and get the necessary permits. He also meets with long-established clients looking to expand their business, and all along the way he manages to indulge his passion for great wine. Tagging along with him for even just a day is a surprisingly good way to see what restaurants new and old have in the works.

Del Posto

85 10th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10011 (212) 497-8090 Visit Website

The Spotted Pig

314 West 11th Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 620-0393 Visit Website


402 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, NY 10036 (212) 564-7272 Visit Website


228 West 10th Street, Manhattan, NY 10014 (212) 255-5757 Visit Website

Adella Wine Bar

410 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 (212) 273-0737 Visit Website