Restaurant Insurance
Fire is the most common hazards faced by restaurant owners, but a comprehensive restaurant insurance policy can help ensure your business is able to withstand catastrophes and remain profitable. Some insurance in Georgia or South Carolina is required by law and some may be required by your financial institution if you have taken out a large business loan or a mortgage on the building in which your restaurant is housed. If you rent the building, you may be required to carry business insurance as a condition of your lease. In addition, restaurant owners have a number of liability risks. Restaurant insurance costs far less than a serious lawsuit might, so it is an especially good investment. Some examples of the of liability coverage options available are:

  • General liability: This includes operations and premise liability. If a customer is injured in your restaurant or parking lot and it can be shown that you are responsible due to negligence in upkeep, poorly placed objects or the actions of one of your employees, you may be responsible for extensive medical bills. General liability insurance is designed to provide coverage for medical costs and damages.
  • Product liability: As a restaurant owner, your product is the food you serve. If customers become sickened by food poisoning or other food-borne illnesses, such as hepatitis or salmonella, and it can be proven that this occurred because of food served in your restaurant, you may find yourself sued for medical costs and punitive damages. Product liability insurance will shield you from the high costs associated with such a lawsuit.
  • Liquor liability: If your restaurant serves alcoholic beverages and allows a customer to become intoxicated, your business may be held liable for the drunk patron’s ensuing actions, including acts of violence and property destruction. Liquor liability insurance can help to protect you from financial losses if you are sued.
  • Hired and non-owned vehicles liability: If your restaurant offers food delivery service but your employees use their own vehicles, this will provide you with coverage against potential liability lawsuits if they are involved in an accident while making a delivery for you.