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Refund checks sent to former Hearthstone Manor customers

For former customers of the Hearthstone Manor banquet facility, which closed abruptly in March after 47 years in business, the check really is in the mail.

Seventy-one customers whose long-planned wedding receptions, fundraisers and other events were canceled are now receiving a total of $45,000 in full deposit refunds as part of a settlement negotiated between the state Attorney General’s Office and the owners of the Depew business.

Two former customers told The Buffalo News they received their refund checks last week. Debbie Wendt, of Machias, got back $1,500 she had spent on the deposit and a first payment for her son’s planned July 19 wedding.

And Bob Byledbal, of Motoring in Miniature, a group of antique toy collectors who held their annual show at the Hearthstone for 35 years, said the group got back $500 in deposits for the 2014 and 2015 shows.

Casey Aguglia, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, said the checks went out in one batch this month.

The Hearthstone Manor’s owners reimbursed their customers with some of the proceeds from the sale of the 333 Dick Road property, a transaction that closed June 18 at a price of $950,000.

The property is set to reopen Sept. 20 as a banquet hall operated by the owners of the Grapevine Restaurant in Amherst.