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About Us

The first Restaurant Trends seminar was held in 1993 at The Bay Tower Room in Boston, Massachusetts. The theme of that presentation was “How to Open and Operate a Successful Restaurant.” Based on the record attendance and the success of that first venture, we agreed that the seminar should be an annual event.

The purpose of our seminars is to provide programs of substantive issues that enhance the professionalism of the industry and provide meaningful information. We help restaurant owners and operators to succeed in a very competitive market.

The Restaurant Trends seminars were founded by the real estate firm, The Boston Restaurant Group, Inc., the construction management firm Cafco Construction Management, Inc., and the business law firm of Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.


The Boston Restaurant Group, Inc. is a commercial real estate firm that specializes in selling restaurants, leasing restaurant space and restaurant appraisals. The company was founded in 1990 by Charles M. Perkins who was a regional manager with Friendly Ice Cream Corporation and a multi-unit franchise owner with Dunkin Donuts. In addition to being an instructor for the SBA, the Massachusetts Restaurant Association and the International Business Brokers Association, he is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on subjects relating to Restaurant Valuations and Restaurant Trends. Mr. Perkins, a Fellow of the IBBA, has written numerous articles for the hospitality industry. He was the contributing author for the restaurant section of the Handbook on Business Valuation, published by John Wiley & Sons, and was the author for Shannon Pratt’s Industry Valuation Update, Volume Two, on Eating and Drinking Places.

Hospitality and Retail Services

Ruberto, Israel & Weiner’s Hospitality and Retail Services Group believes clients should have attorneys who have knowledge and expertise in the areas of law which they practice, as well as in the client’s industry. Attorneys in this group have provided legal services to food, beverage, and hospitality industry clients for over 20 years. Additionally, our Hospitality and Retail Services attorneys organize seminars, lecture, write articles, participate in trade associations, and serve on Boards of Advisors for retail, food and hospitality industry companies.

RIW’s Hospitality and Retail Services Group provides legal services in the following areas:

  • Organization and operation of corporations
  • Partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies
  • Merger and Acquisition services
  • Debt and equity financing transactions
  • Private placement securities transactions
  • Purchases, sales and leases of commercial real estate
  • Permitting and licensing
  • Employment and labor matters
  • Trademark, copyright, branding and licensing services
  • Taxation
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Business disputes and reorganizations
  • Workout and bankruptcies
  • Succession planning

Representative Clients

  • 21st Amendment
  • Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria
  • Anthem
  • Bar Mezzana
  • The Barking Crab
  • Basho Japanese Brasserie
  • BG Events & Catering
  • b.good
  • Black Cow
  • The Blarney Stone
  • The Blue Ox
  • boloco
  • Burger Dive
  • Burton’s Grill
  • Cask’n Flagon
  • The Chateau Restaurants
  • City Bar
  • City Table
  • City Winery
  • The Cottage
  • Douzo Sushi
  • Gather
  • Green Briar Irish Pub
  • The Harp
  • Island Creek Oyster Bar
  • Jake n JOES Sports Grille
  • Ledger
  • Les Sablons
  • Les Zygomates
  • Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
  • Liquid Art House
  • Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
  • Max & Dylans
  • M.J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub
  • Monica’s
  • Ned Devine’s Irish Pub
  • O ya
  • Papagayo
  • Paradise Bakery & Café
  • The Paramount
  • Phantom Gourmet
  • The Poynt
  • Prairie Fire
  • Red’s Kitchen & Tavern
  • Row 34
  • Scollay Square Restaurant
  • Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen
  • Sola’s Irish Pub
  • Steel & Rye
  • Stephanie’s
  • Tavern in the Square
  • Stockyard
  • Wahlburgers
  • West on Center
  • West Row Café & Bar