Gift cards still valid at closed restaurants

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

PHOENIX -- For the most part, Allan Friedman says he and his wife usually eat at home. But like a lot of us, they also enjoy eating out.

"We save eating out at very expensive places for very special occasions," Friedman said.

So it was a big treat when they received a $100 gift card to a Valley seafood restaurant, McCormick & Schmick's.

"My wife received two $50 McCormick & Schmick's gift certificates from a patient to thank her for her services," Friedman explained.

But when he and his wife tried to use their gift card, they got bad news.

“The news was that they had closed their doors without notice to anyone and my thoughts were, now I have these two gift certificates that I can't do anything with,” Friedman said.

He thought the gift cards might be wasted, so he contacted 3 On Your Side for help.

“I was perplexed as what to do, and then I remembered about 3 On Your Side so I thought I'd give it a shot and I emailed you folks,” he said.

3 On Your Side looked into the matter and discovered that the McCormick & Schmick's in Arizona as well as several others around the country did in fact close down, but only because they were bought out by a company called Landry’s, which owns numerous popular restaurant chains across the nation.

A Landry's spokesperson tells 3 On Your Side that McCormick & Schmick's gift cards are still good and can be redeemed at any Landry's restaurant including Chart House in Scottsdale, Claim Jumper found around the Valley, and Rainforest Cafe in Tempe.  

Friedman said he is glad to know his gift card won't be wasted now.

"In today's economy to be out $100 is not a nice thing,” he said.

As for those restaurants that were closed down, Landry's will most likely reopen and rebrand them under a new name.

For more information on redeeming your gift card or obtaining a cash refund, call corporate: (713) 850-1010