NewsChannel 13 investigates second online deal for business that appears closed

July 26, 2018 06:48 PM

COLONIE - When NewsChannel 13 contacted Groupon Wednesday, to ask why it was advertising a deal for Sunset Lanes, a bowling alley that had been closed for more than a year, a spokesman blamed Local Flavor, a third party company Groupon partners with for online promotions. Thursday on Local Flavor's site, there was an offer for another business that seems to be closed.

Mia Lucci's is the first promo to pop up on a Local Flavor search - $20 of food for just $10.  However, when you call the number listed for the Italian restaurant, no one picks up and there isn't an answering machine, either.

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NewsChannel 13 visited Mia Lucci's during its advertised hours. There wasn't a sign, the lights were out, the door was locked and the entrance ramps blocked off.  Two people familiar with the establishment tell WNYT it's been closed since before the 4th of July.

Online, WNYT was able to purchase the deal with a credit card.  The receipt sent via email stated that the promo would expire in January but didn't indicate if the restaurant was open or closed.

There was a handwritten sign on the restaurant's door claiming it would reopen on Tuesday - no date - but a neighboring business confirmed that sign had been up since the beginning of July and the restaurant hadn't reopened.

After the story aired on TV Thursday evening, Mia Lucci's owner contacted NewsChannel 13. He says he contacted Local Flavor on July 4 and let them know that they need to stop the coupons and/or refund the customers' money. 

He is planning to reopen, but he needs the Town Planning Board to give him a site approval again. That meeting is scheduled for August 7.

Local Flavor returned a phone call when NewsChannel 13 was inquiring about Sunset Lanes on Wednesday.  No answers were given, but the spokeswoman said she'd call back Thursday. She didn't. A second phone call from NewsChannel 13 was not returned.


Abigail Bleck

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