Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Leases [Abstract]  

Note 12 – Leases

The Company adopted ASC Topic 842 as of January 1, 2019 using the optional transition method and has applied its transition provisions at the beginning of the period of adoption. As a result, the Company did not restate comparative periods. Under this transition provision, the Company has applied the legacy guidance under Accounting Standard Codification Topic 840, Leases, including its disclosure requirements, in the comparative periods presented.

Under ASC Topic 842, a lease is a contract, or part of a contract, that conveys the right to control the use of identified property, plant or equipment for a period of time in exchange for consideration. The Company’s contracts determined to be or contain a lease include explicitly or implicitly identified assets where the Company has the right to substantially all of the economic benefits of the assets and has the ability to direct how and for what purpose the assets are used during the lease term. Leases are classified as either operating or financing. For operating leases, the Company has recognized a lease liability equal to the present value of the remaining lease payments, and a right of use asset equal to the lease liability, subject to certain adjustments, such as prepaid rents, initial direct costs and lease incentives received from the lessor. The Company used its incremental borrowing rate to determine the present value of the lease payments. The Company’s incremental borrowing rate is the rate of interest that it would have to borrow on a collateralized basis over a similar term an amount equal to the lease payments in a similar economic environment.

ASC Topic 842 includes practical expedient and policy election choices. The Company elected the practical expedient transition package available in ASC Topic 842 and, as a result, did not reassess the lease classification of existing contracts or leases or the initial direct costs associated with existing leases. The Company has made an accounting policy election not to recognize right of use assets and lease liabilities for leases with a lease term of 12 months or less, including renewal options that are reasonably certain to be exercised, that also do not include an option to purchase the underlying asset that is reasonably certain of exercise. Instead, lease payments for these leases are recognized as lease cost on a straight-line basis over the lease term. Additionally, the Company has elected not to separate the accounting for lease components and non-lease components, for all leased assets.

The Company did not elect the hindsight practical expedient, and therefore the Company did not reassess its historical conclusions with regards to whether renewal option periods should be included in the terms of its leases. Given the importance of each of its restaurant locations to its operations, the Company historically concluded that it was reasonably assured of exercising all renewal periods included in its leases as failure to exercise such options would result in an economic penalty. The Company also did not elect the portfolio approach practical expedient, which permits applying the standard to a portfolio of leases with similar characteristics.

Upon adoption on January 1, 2019, the Company recognized right-of-use assets and lease liabilities for operating leases of $41.8 million and $58.9 million, respectively. The difference between the right-of-use asset and lease liability represents the net book value of deferred rent and tenant improvement allowances recognized by the Company as of December 31, 2018, which was adjusted against the right-of-use asset upon adoption of ASC Topic 842. There was no impact to the opening balance of retained earnings upon adoption.

The changes due to the adoption of ASC Topic 842 were as follows (in thousands):

















ASC 842






December 31, 2018




January 1, 2019











Operating lease right-of-use assets



















Current portion of operating lease liabilities









Operating lease liability, net of current portion










Deferred gift card revenue and other










Deferred rent and tenant improvement allowances










There was no impact to the Company’s consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

The Company enters into contracts to lease office space, restaurant space and equipment with terms that expire at various dates through 2039. Under ASC Topic 842, the lease term at the lease commencement date is determined based on the non-cancellable period for which the Company has the right to use the underlying asset, together with any periods covered by an option to extend the lease if the Company is reasonably certain to exercise that option, periods covered by an option to terminate the lease if the Company is reasonably certain not to exercise that option, and periods covered by an option to extend (or not to terminate) the lease in which the exercise of the option is controlled by the lessor. The Company considered a number of factors when evaluating whether the options in its lease contracts were reasonably certain of exercise, such as length of time before option exercise, expected value of the leased asset at the end of the initial lease term, importance of the lease to overall operations, costs to negotiate a new lease, and any contractual or economic penalties.

Certain of the Company’s leases also provide for percentage rent, which are variable lease costs determined as a percentage of gross sales in excess of specified, minimum sales targets, as well as other variable lease costs to reimburse the lessor for real estate tax and insurance expenses, and certain non-lease components that transfer a distinct service to the Company, such as common area maintenance services. These percentage rents and other variable lease costs are not included in the calculation of lease payments when classifying a lease and in the measurement of the lease liability as they do not meet the definition of in-substance, fixed-lease payments under ASC Topic 842.

The Company subleases portions of its office and restaurant space where it does not use the entire space for its operations. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, sublease income was $0.1 million and $0.6 million, respectively, of which $0.1 million and $0.4 million, respectively, was from related party, Bagatelle NY. Refer to Note 8 for details on transactions with this related party.

ASC Topic 842 includes a number of reassessment and re-measurement requirements for lessees based on certain triggering events or conditions, including whether a contract is or contains a lease, assessment of lease term and purchase options, measurement of lease payments, assessment of lease classification and assessment of the discount rate. The Company reviewed the reassessment and re-measurement requirements and concluded that a lease for office space required reassessment as the Company had determined not to elect to exercise an option that it had previously determined it was reasonably certain to exercise. As a result, the Company remeasured the lease liability to reflect the change in lease payments, which resulted in a reduction in the operating lease liability and a corresponding adjustment to the operating lease right-of-use asset of $1.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2019. In addition, there were no impairment indicators identified during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 that required an impairment test for the Company’s right-of-use assets or other long-lived assets in accordance with Accounting Standard Codification Topic 360, Property, Plant, and Equipment.

The components of lease expense for the period were as follows (in thousands):









September 30, 






Lease cost





Operating lease cost





Variable lease cost





Short-term lease cost





Sublease income





Total lease cost










Weighted average remaining lease term – operating leases



14 years


Weighted average discount rate – operating leases






Supplemental cash flow information related to leases for the period was as follows (in thousands):








September 30, 




Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of operating lease liabilities




Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease obligations





As of September 30, 2019, maturities of the Company’s operating lease liabilities are as follows (in thousands):






2019, three months remaining
























Total lease payments




Less: imputed interest




Present value of operating lease liabilities