The owners of the former Hearthstone Manor banquet business have agreed to refund $45,000 in deposits to 71 customers whose events were cancelled following the Depew banquet hall’s March 6 closing, the state Attorney General’s Office said on Tuesday.
As previously reported by The Buffalo News, the owners of the Hearthstone Manor business intended to repay the deposited money and have been negotiating the refund details with the Attorney General’s Office.
The owners of the banquet business, which closed after 47 years of operation, are planning to put some of the proceeds of the sale of the banquet hall property toward the deposit refunds.
Liza and Tom Pane, the owners of the Grapevine Restaurant in Amherst, are buying the Hearthstone Manor property and plan to open a banquet business there. No closing date has been set for the sale, but Grapevine Banquets is expected to open in June.
Refund checks will go out to Hearthstone Manor customers some time after that sale is completed, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
“Today’s agreement ensures that consumers will get their deposits back. Dozens of customers who paid deposits will now have the ability to take their wedding or special occasion to another business,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a statement.
James Morrissey, an assistant state attorney general who is based in Buffalo, assisted in the repayment negotiations.