Ivan the redeemer steps forward to honour vouchers from closed restaurant

SAVING GRACE: Sweet Sour Salt owner Ivan Podres with voucher holders Bev Hutchinson and Sue Gentles. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0811jksweetsour1

SAVING GRACE: Sweet Sour Salt owner Ivan Podres with voucher holders Bev Hutchinson and Sue Gentles. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0811jksweetsour1

Customers left holding dining vouchers after the sudden closure of an Orange restaurant have been handed a goodwill lifeline by the generous owner of Sweet Sour Salt.

After reading about one upset diner’s plight in the Central Western Daily Sweet Sour Salt owner Ivan Podres has agreed to honour all vouchers bought up to two months before the Stepping Stone restaurant in Anson Street shut earlier this year.

Mr Podres will be moving his Summer Street restaurant into the larger Stepping Stone site in November.

He said he did not know how many people were affected but he was happy to offer goodwill to them.

“It’s kind of doing one good deed for another,” he said.

“We’re hoping they’ll enjoy eating with us and want to come back.

“We’re hoping they will become customers of ours.”

Sue Gentles said she had been given a $120 voucher by work colleagues and had booked a dinner on June 24 – but was shocked to find the restaurant had shut down.

She said she was delighted by Mr Podres’ offer.

Beverley Hutchinson said she had been given a $150 voucher  and was also dismayed to find the restaurant had closed and could not redeem her voucher.

Both said they had been unable to contact Stepping Stone’s owners. 

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