Former customers of the Hearthstone Manor banquet facility, which closed abruptly in March after 47 years in business, should begin receiving refund checks in the next few weeks, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
Seventy-one customers whose their long-planned wedding receptions, fundraisers and other events were cancelled are set to receive $45,000 in full deposit refunds as part of a settlement negotiated between the Attorney General’s Office and the owners of the Depew business.
The Hearthstone Manor’s owners are using some of the proceeds from the sale of the 333 Dick Road property, which closed June 18 at a price of $950,000, to reimburse their customers.
The Hearthstone Manor’s owners agreed to pay the $45,000 to the Attorney General’s Office, which will distribute the refund checks to the facility’s former customers, said Casey Aguglia, a spokeswoman for the office.
Interest will begin to accrue if the business’ owners don’t make that payment by July 24, Aguglia said, and any interest also would be passed along to the former customers.
The property is set to live on as a banquet hall operated by the owners of the Grapevine Restaurant in Amherst.