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Lindquist & Vennum attorneys serve as trusted advisors to stakeholders involved with hotel and restaurant projects and operations located throughout the United States. We represent ownership groups, investor groups, fee managers, franchisors, developers, lenders, landlords, and tenants in all phases of development and operations.

Backed by the comprehensive resources of a full-service law firm, a prominent, corporate M&A practice and Minnesota’s top-ranked real estate practice, Lindquist provides hospitality clients of all sizes with customized legal solutions that align with their business objectives for hotels and restaurants.



  • Representing the purchaser of the former 601 Graves Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, which has been rebranded as the Leows Minneapolis Hotel.
  • Representing the purchaser of the 225-room Ramada Mall of American in Bloomington, Minnesota, expediting license procurement to enable the immediate turn-around required by both seller and buyer.
  • Assisting the purchasers of a AAA four diamond hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Handling private placements and equity offers while serving as in-house counsel to a Midwest-based hotel developer.
  • Conducting franchise negotiations with Marriott®, Days Inn®, Starwood Hotels®, Hilton®, and Four Points® by Sheraton franchises.
  • Representing an owner-operator in the site acquisition, development and franchise agreements of ten hotel properties in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
  • Representing the lender during the transfer of the Four Points® by Sheraton in Richfield, Minnesota.
  • Served as local counsel in Colorado on the acquisition of nine Motel 6® properties.
  • Represented a client acquiring three hotels including one Marriott® and two Hampton® properties in Colorado as a part of a merger.


  • Site development and leasing for a national sports bar franchise in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa, and Colorado.
  • Nation-wide site development and leasing for a chain of barbecue restaurants.
  • Representing franchisees of Subway® Restaurants and TGI Friday's®.
  • Assisting in the purchase and sale of divisions of a Northeast U.S. fast food chain.
  • Representing numerous family-owned and independent restaurants, including leasing, financing, licensing, and business structure matters.

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