Unfortunately the Gordon James Grill in San Clemente is closing doors. If you have a gift card, use it soon. The last day of operations is set to be Thursday, July 29, 2010.
A sad story for sure and you can bet Penny and Gordon are honorable people: they've taken the extra step of voiding all gift card purchases since June 1, 2010. That's a far cry from the shenanigans Sam Seltzer's pulled in May: abruptly closing doors and selling gift cards up to the last day of operations.
Penny, Gordon, I'm sorry to hear about the closure of your business. Thank you for looking out after your customers and voiding the gift card purchases; I know it's not required. If you open up a new restaurant, please let me know so I can take the trip, have a great meal, and help your new business grow!
I've exchanged emails with Gordon and Rose and it turns out they even gave people cash bask when buying a gift card with cash. Wow! They've asked I pass along the following:
We have been voiding all gift card sales/purchases since May 31. We found out on that date that we would officially select a date to close. All credit card purchases for gift cards have been fully voided. All cash gift card sales purchasers were told they were the lucky number 13 and we immediately gave them back their cash. When we knew closing was certain we knew it was not the right thing to accept cash sales with the potential of the guest not being able to redeem. I am happy with our decision. Obviously we could not tell people we were closing until we had the chance to inform our staff and family. This is a big, complicated decision. Thanks for any information you can get out there for
Gordon Rose/GJ Grill