Bride shocked by restaurant's sudden closure

September 14, 2010 4:23:31 PM PDT
A bride-to-be is in a desperate situation after the restaurant she paid to host her wedding reception suddenly shut its doors. The couple says they already paid more than $10,000 for the event. On Tuesday morning, a locksmith changed the locks at Bailey's American Grill in Seabrook at the request of the building's owner. And now, Michelle Micheli is worried about her wedding.

"I have people coming in from all over the states," she said. "I have people flying in, and I have no venue, and I am out over $12,000 now, including the invitations."

Micheli says she now has only two months to get a new reception site.

"I'm hoping someone will work with me because now, I don't know where I'm going to come up with the money to have my wedding," she said.

Micheli said her concerns were compounded when she couldn't reach restaurant owner Brad Bailey. But late Tuesday afternoon, Bailey did contact us and he pledges to refund Micheli's deposit.

"We contacted them today, offered our new venue in Kemah that we moved to July 31," said Bailey. "It doesn't sound like they want to do that, but we wanted to offer that to them, or give them a full refund on all of their amount."

Bailey went on to say repairs from Hurricane Ike and the faltering economy has hit this area hard, but he says he will pay employees and make things right for people who paid deposits for events.

"I was born and raised in this community, my whole life. I'm not running from them. I'm trying to get them the money that's owed to them," said Baley.

So the way things stand now, the bride-to-be has been promised repayment, and the employees who say they were owed money have been paid.


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