Carmela's Pizzeria
Irritated Bride To Be

Portland, IN

#1 Jan 11, 2013
A month ago my fiance and I finally decided to take the big plunge. It is set for this Sunday, January 13th. We searched high and low for restaurants that could accommodate 50-60 people in such a short amount of time. Eventually, we decided to just go somewhere we knew we would enjoy, so we called Carmela's and they were more than happy to have us. They asked for a $100 deposit to hold the room and we delivered it in cash to the restaurant. We gave the girl at the counter our phone number and the money because the manager wasn't there at the time, but she never gave us a receipt (stupid on our part, I know!). My fiance called the next day and the manager confirmed he received the deposit and would write a receipt. This all was right around Christmas.

Fast forward to January 9th. A friend of the family just happened to be driving by the Carmela's and noticed there were quite a few work trucks out front that appeared to be taking all the furnishings out. I immediately jumped in my car and drove to the restaurant. I walked up to the door looked inside and, literally, EVERYTHING was gone. No more furniture, no pizza bar, no decorations, nothing. There were a few men inside working, so I asked what was going on. The guy looked at me and says, "Uhh, we're closed." Well no kidding? When I mentioned my reception he offered no apology, but instead gave me 1,001 excuse as to why it wasn't his fault. He claimed at fist that he didn't have our phone number, but later admitted he lost it. Then, he blamed the landlord saying they had a rental disagreement, but none of it was his fault. Then, when I asked for my deposit money back he refused to give me cash (which I had originally given him) and told me "the check is in the mail." That is the oldest line in the book, but at the time I wasn't thinking, so I just accepted it. When I realized what I had just done, I sent one of the men in my family to go take care of business, but when he arrived (not even 30 minutes later) the entire place was boarded up and there was no one to be found. I guess we will see if the check really is in the mail.

Moral of the story: beware! If this man decides to open at another location I will not be giving him my business and I would recommend others do the same. Very shady business practices.

Eaton, OH

#2 Apr 13, 2013
Sorry about the $100 dollar loss. But you did not protect yourself from the get go. Lesson learned. Get a reciept or note showing the deposit & date signed by the owner. By the way heard he opened a new place in Centerville.

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