(Closed) Caterer possibly going out of business?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: What should I do?
    Talk to him & wait and see what happens- you've still got time. Wait until the new year... : (16 votes)
    80 %
    Tell him you've decided to go another route & eat your deposit. Don't risk it. : (4 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Ouch, I’m sorry to hear that! Well, do you think the owner would be honest with you? If so, then definitley have a heart-to-heart. If you don’t think he would tell you the truth, then book another venue – sounds too risky. Good luck!

    Post # 5
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I think you should definitely consider this a major red flag. I mean, even if he’s not going out of business, do you feel comfortable supporting a business that’s allowing their employees to go unpaid?

    If you think either way you’re going to lose your deposit, I’d just go somewhere else that you can book now. Is there any way you could book another place and then wait and see, and lose out on the other place if this place pulls through? Yeah, you’ll have to pay two deposits but it may be worth it if you’d lose the deposit for your original choice anyways.

    Post # 6
    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I’d be upfront with the owner.  Schedule a meeting and talk to them.  You don’t have to tell them you’ve heard checks are bouncing, etc. but you can intro it with knowing how things are tight in this economic climate, that you know they’ve closed for lunch, etc…. and knowing the financial demands of keeping a restaurant open, etc. you are concerned about longevity and wanted to find out if they plan to stay open, etc.   Hopefully, you will get a sense of if the rumors are legit and/or if they do plan on staying open etc. so that you can make a decision.

    The bounced checks may not be a sign of anything other than sloppy book keeping, but the restricted hours and layoffs, are a bit more worrisome.

    If you don’t want to have that conversation, then I’d say book the other venue.

    Post # 7
    2682 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would be upfront with him as well and let him know your concerns.  You are not in the wrong to do this.  I wouldnt tell him where you heard (or maybe not tell him at all) about the checks bouncing and stuff but that you have heard rumors.

    Post # 8
    1408 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I worry about this with all my wedding vendors! It sounds like you two are on good terms, so my first step would be to go talk to the guy you’ve been dealing with. Tell him you’ve heard rumors that checks are bouncing and that they may close down by the end of the year. See what he says. I hope he doesn’t lie! If he confirms what you’ve been hearing or trys to brush off your concerns, i’d look around for another venue and ask for my deposit back.


    Good luck on the search and I hope he’s honest with you!

    Post # 9
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I went through a similiar thing, but it hopefully will work out. I agree that I would call him and discuss your concerns.

    My catering company, which also has (had) a restaurant, was not getting back with me for over a month during the initial stages of picking out a menu. I got so frusterated that I began calling / emailing other catering co’s for proposals. I almost went with someone else.

    Then I got an email from my dad with the article where the restaurant went out of business. However, the catering company is still operating and the owner called me to make sure we were still on board. I ended up staying with them and am keeping my fingers crossed that they will still be operating on the big day…in 8 months from now. Scary stuff!!!!


    Post # 11
    2470 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    im glad you talked to him! I know it can be tough with the unpredicatability of businesses now. What did you say to the caterer now? I hope it doesn’t spoil any professional relationship you have.

    The view of the new venue sounds fantastic!

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