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Lil Vinny's Closing End of Dec.2011

opinionatedchef Dec 20, 2011 10:00 PM

If any of you have coupons (there are some out there that expire in Feb.) you might want to use them now or ask the coupon co. for a refund.

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    Gabatta RE: opinionatedchef Dec 21, 2011 03:07 AM


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      Allstonian RE: Gabatta Dec 21, 2011 04:14 AM

      and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8208...

    2. Bob Dobalina RE: opinionatedchef Dec 21, 2011 06:05 AM

      So that would be the second time for them with Groupon shenanigans?
      They offered one in the past, and then went on vacation the week before the Groupon expired.

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        treb RE: Bob Dobalina Dec 21, 2011 06:28 AM

        The last time I went to Vinny's at Night, for one of their bogo deals, it was less than memorable. They also did a groupon recently.

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          Bob Dobalina RE: treb Dec 21, 2011 06:47 AM

          Ah, geez...the death knell of the Groupon...hopefully, the closing of L'il Vinny's will help them out.

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            bear RE: Bob Dobalina Dec 21, 2011 07:34 AM

            I agree that Groupon can signal that a restaurant is in trouble, but was surprised to see Menton offer a $500 two-person tasting deal on Buywithme.

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              Bob Dobalina RE: bear Dec 21, 2011 07:41 AM

              Is Menton still packed most nights?

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                bear RE: Bob Dobalina Dec 21, 2011 08:06 AM

                I don't know since it's a bit out of my league budget-wise, but Opentable shows several time slots available tonight. It seems like people were reporting that they couldn't get tables on short notice before.

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        AaronInBoston RE: opinionatedchef Dec 21, 2011 07:16 AM

        I will not go to a closing restaurant with a groupon. I can only imagine what type of food and service I will receive....I will wait for the restaurant to close and then request a refund from groupon. I will then have 2 credits from groupon (one for Mi Da Mi AKA Kayuga in Arlington) and Lil Vinnys, both of which are closed/closing. Hopefully groupon runs a worthwhile restaurant soon, they have not had one in a while.

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          Bob Dobalina RE: AaronInBoston Dec 21, 2011 07:40 AM

          I think businesses are beginning to understand that the Groupon model is basically a sham that benefits in this order: Groupon first, customer and business tied for third.
          Why the customer also third? Sort of the same reason why you often do not get the best product during Restaurant Week.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina
            threedogs RE: Bob Dobalina Dec 22, 2011 06:27 AM

            I've had terrific experiences with Groupon - they've given me many, many credits for coupons I didn't use - even one that expired (which I had forgotten about).

          2. re: AaronInBoston
            Parsnipity RE: AaronInBoston Dec 21, 2011 02:23 PM

            Can you get a refund or is it a credit to be used toward the purchase of another groupon?
            To keep this on topic, I used a groupon at Chez Henri recently and had a good experience and as far as I can tell they're nowhere near going out of business.

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              9lives RE: Parsnipity Dec 21, 2011 02:36 PM

              Going out of biz?

              They've been talking about taking the company public at a market value of $15-20 billion...down from $30b earlier in the year.

              They did the transaction at $12Billion last month.


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                Parsnipity RE: 9lives Dec 21, 2011 05:29 PM

                To clarify: Chez Henri is nowhere near going out of business, in reference to earlier posts talking about groupons only popping up for restaurants which are in trouble.

            2. re: AaronInBoston
              threedogs RE: AaronInBoston Dec 22, 2011 06:31 AM

              You don't have to wait until it closes to get the credit from Groupon - just call them up & explain. I never had a problem.

              Once, I made the mistake of going for a buffet (I know, I know - should have known better). While the food was pretty awful, what got me is that the establishment lied about the cost - it was a daily deal, and the actual cost was only a few cents more than what the Groupon cost was (not the larger savings claimed). I don't like being lied to!

              Not Groupon's fault - but I called & let them know. I didn't expect a full refund - which is what I was given immediately along with an email apology from Groupon. (I didn't bother calling the restaurant as it was obvious that no one cared when I was there).

              1. re: threedogs
                treb RE: threedogs Dec 22, 2011 06:34 AM

                I see that a lot with groupon and like sites. Buyer Beware!

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