The collateral damage of a restaurant closing
With the recent closings of the Brass Elephant, Bicycle and Jordan's Steakhouse in Ellicott City, and the e-mails and comments I've gotten about them, I'm more struck than ever by the collateral damage these sudden closings cause.
For most of us, it may be simply that we've lost one more restaurant we enjoyed. But for the employees who arrive for work and find the doors shut or who are owed back wages, it's much worse. The restaurant's suppliers or landlord may be owed money. And so on and so on.
Customers may never be able to redeem their gift certificates, or they may only be able to redeem them for a fraction of their value, or at a restaurant they don't like as well. ...
Then there are cases like this one:
Hello Ms. Large,
I'm writing again to ask for your help. My husband and I did select The Brass Elephant as the restaurant for our son's wedding rehearsal [dinner] on December 4th. Because of the restaurant's closing, we are now beginning the search again and were wondering if you might have another suggestion.
Thanks for any advice you are able to provide,
I had suggested the Brass Elephant last February when she was looking for a restaurant in Mount Vernon, and I'm sure she was relieved to get at least one important detail set well in advance.
Now I'm not sure what advice to give her. Abacrombie is a possibility, although December is a long way away for a restaurant that, someone posted here, opened only for them during Restaurant Week. The Belvedere has a beautiful room for events, but I haven't heard anything about their catering. The Prime Rib would be a possibility, I suppose, if she has money. And the Brewer's Art has the food; I'm just not sure about the private room.
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