Hoping to win converts among diners left holding the bag by the abrupt closing of all six Sam Seltzer's Steakhouses, Arigato Japanese Steak Houses are offering free dinners priced up to $27 for Seltzer gift card holders stuck with no restaurant to honor them.
The offer is good at Arigato in St. Petersburg and Clearwater with a limit of one gift card dinner per party, excluding drinks. The amount unspent on the card doesn't matter because Arigato cannot read the Seltzer card code.
"We would hate to see these customers get burned, because (gift card buyers) are the best type of customer there is," said Dale Del Bello Jr., Arigato's vice president.
Meanwhile, four Cody's Original Roadhouse restaurants salvaged a May 28 $50-a-plate fundraiser Sam Seltzer's was supposed to cater for the Classical Christian School of the Arts in Pinellas Park. Cody's is donating 200 steaks to more than offset the $1,000 deposit Seltzer's did not return.
"We had many restaurants offer to help, but Cody's really saved the day," said Linda Klehammer, an event organizer.