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Gift certificate to Meritage -- Closed?

JJ. Jan 14, 2008 03:58 PM

I recently received a $100 gift certificate to Meritage. Drove by the other day and it looks like they are closed.

Does anyone know if they are re-opening somewhere, or if there are any other restaurants under the same ownership? Why would they recently sell a gift certificate if they knew they were closing? Anyone want to buy a discounted gift certificate to Meritage.

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    BRB Jan 14, 2008 05:35 PM

    They closed December 31st, and they had announced it several weeks in advance. I hope they weren't selling gift certificates knowing they'd be going out of business. In any event, the owner of Meritage was Chris Peckat and he just opened up Risque Cafe (a bbq place) on Clark St. just north of Roscoe (I visited last weekend and was not so impressed, but it's new). http://risquechicago.com/ Soon, he will be opening up Purgatory Pizza, next door to Risque. And he also owns Fixture (small plates, generally upscale comfort food), which is located on Ashland, between Wrightwood and Diversey. http://www.fixturechicago.com/index.html

    I would definitely contact him at one of the above restaurants.

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    1. re: BRB
      amoncada Jan 15, 2008 09:35 AM

      Chris Peckat hates when people use gift certifcates. I had a horrible experience at Meritage a few years ago when I brought up the fact that I was paying with gift certificate...Chris & my waiter were totally rude beyond words. Good luck

      1. re: amoncada
        LikestoEatout Jan 16, 2008 08:47 AM

        Then why would he sell them?

        1. re: LikestoEatout
          smellen Jan 16, 2008 11:28 AM

          Exactly, what a turn off! I only ate at Meritage a few times, and went there for drinks on a few occasions, but I'll keep this attitude in mind & guess I won't find myself eating at any of the other restaurants by Chris Peckat.

          If you are so put off by gift certificates, again, why offer?

          1. re: smellen
            amoncada Jan 17, 2008 09:10 AM

            They were even more upset when I didn't order a bottle of wine with dinner. Oh, and when I asked for change due from my gift certificate, Chris said that he could not give change and suggested that I order more food or wine...the level of rudeness was through the roof.

            I will say however, that I had several pleasant dining experiences there prior to that miserable night without a gift certificate in hand.

            1. re: amoncada
              oliveoyl Feb 4, 2008 08:15 PM

              it is fairly common for smaller (not corp chains) restaurants to not give the remainder from a GC back as cash/cc credit. Some will issue another GC for the remainder. They are much like boutiques in that respect.

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      JJ. Jan 16, 2008 03:07 PM

      As an update, we contacted one of the restaurants under the same ownership, and they told us on the phone that they would honor the gift certificate.

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      1. re: JJ.
        nsxtasy Jan 17, 2008 07:38 PM

        Glad to hear you were able to reach a satisfactory resolution. Thanks for letting us know!

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        thatcutegirl Feb 1, 2008 06:22 PM

        Please give both restaurants another try, I know the owner personally and he can be rude yes but his places are excellent. The meritage is a wine bar so its odd you did not order wine. the meritage will reopen in a little bit, its only closed for a bit!! Chris Peckat is a great guy!!

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