(Closed) HELP – Nightmare Restaurant Reception

posted 8 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m so sorry.  Did the contract say anything about the deposit in the case of cancellation?  Some of them will return it if the venue cancels as a damages for the event being cancelled.

Post # 4
Member
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant

Your contract should be with the restaurant, not with a specific manager who may not be employed.  I would consult with a lawyer if I were you.  There has to be a way to get your deposit back, it should be in the contract that if those terms aren’t followed, you may receive your deposit back.  

Or maybe just the threat of finding a lawyer to look over the contract might get you somewhere!  

That’s awful, I’m so sorry you have to deal with this!

Post # 5
Member
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I suggest contacting the media to see if they can help you. I would let the venue know first, so they have an opportunity to change their mind about helping you.

Post # 6
Member
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Wait. You still have your contract with them and if those things are in the contract, then they have to do them, I’m pretty sure.

Are these things they wont do in the contract? Or are they things that the manager only talked to you verbally about?

A similar thing happened to us as well. The catering manager that wrote out our stuff left and had promised us stuff that the venure doesn’t really do (like waiving a room rental fee) and they went ahead and honored it because she had already told us she would do it.

Post # 7
Member
2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Did you try Galapagos in DUMBO? I know they do private events and it’s a great space. I’m not sure of the cost, though.

Post # 9
Member
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant

I don’t have any suggestions for a venue, but look at your local newsstation websites.  Every news program has a “consumer reporter” and usually they have a blog and contact information for people who are getting ripped off.

Post # 10
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think going to the media will hurt you, just let them know that you do have a lawyer.  The company might be more willing to work with you if their name starts getting trashed by the media too.

Post # 11
Member
990 posts
Busy bee

I dont think going to the media will hurt you. If anything it would help at least get your money back. Have you tried contacting the owner directly? I would storm up there and speak with everyone from the manager to the owner and beyond, and wouldnt leave until my needs were met AND in writing…

Post # 13
Member
46 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You should look up chowhound, they always have restuarant reviews and have suggested in the past resturants for receptions. Good luck!

Post # 14
Member
2681 posts
Sugar bee

Does your contract have everythign you want written on it or are they saying they arent going to honor what the manager confirmed with you verbally?  Do you have anything in writing or email that the manager said they would do that the restaurant is saying no to?

Post # 15
Member
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Frankie’s Spuntino?  Not too far and very reasonable.

Post # 16
Member
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Legally they have to do everything in the signed contract. If this manager promised you certain things, but they *aren’t* in the contract, that’s where you may run into a problem and lose the deposit if you cancel. (Not a lawyer, just spend a lot of time with contracts).

 

Also, re: Frankie’s Sputino, I don’t know if they can do events that large. I think the Prospect Park Boathouse is supposed to be reasonably priced? 

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