Restaurant & Bar Insurance Coverages
Property, liquor and more
Your most cost effective and efficient way to obtain property and liability coverage will probably be with a Business Owners Policy (BOP) especially tailored to food service risks. Though marketed under a number of names, these policies will typically have provisions similar to the property insurance and liability insurance sections of the BOP.
The BOP covers real estate your business owns. If your business rents or leases its premises, the BOP provides coverage, in the event of a covered cause of loss, for tenants’ improvements and betterments. These are fixtures, alterations, installations or additions that you have put into the space that cannot legally be removed from the landlord’s premises.
The BOP also covers your equipment, dishes, food and other business property. Your basic policy will probably include two coverages that are often vital to business survival if there is a disaster: Business Income and Extra Expense Insurance (also known as Business Interruption Insurance). Business Income Insurance helps pay ongoing expenses while your business is unable to function after a loss and also helps make up for lost profits. Extra Expense Insurance helps you recover as quickly as possible by paying extra expenses caused by the loss—such as rent for temporary quarters. If these coverages are not part of your basic policy, you can add them for an additional premium.
Any business that serves food carries the risk that its product could cause food poisoning or transmit a communicable disease. Adding the Food Contamination Endorsement to your policy gives you insurance for this risk. With most policies, the insurer will pay for lost income if the restaurant is closed down by government authority and will also pay for clean up expenses, food replacement, medical tests for infected employees and additional advertising expenses to restore your reputation.
Other useful property coverages are:
- Spoilage: Covers the value of property spoiled as a result of a breakdown of your temperature control system due to conditions beyond your control.
- Mechanical Breakdown: Covers mechanical or electrical breakdown to your boilers, pressure vessels, refrigeration systems, piping and mechanical and electrical machines or apparatus that generate, transmit or simply use mechanical or electrical power.
- Outdoor Signs: Covers an outdoor sign not attached to the building
- Burglary and Robbery: Covers the risk of theft by outsiders
- Employee Dishonesty: Covers some risks of theft by your own employees
Liquor liability insurance is business coverage that protects your business against loss or damages claimed as a result of a patron of your business becoming intoxicated and injuring himself or others. If your business manufactures, sells, serves or facilitates the use or purchase of alcohol, then your business will likely need this coverage. Liquor liability coverage may be sold as an add-on to a commercial liability policy or as a stand-alone policy. But, if you do not purchase this extra coverage, your standard commercial general liability policy does not protect your business against liquor-related claims.