CNHI News Service


February 18, 2013

Valentine's dinner was 18 years in the making

ROSEDALE, Ind. – —  


A steakhouse once known as a secluded hideaway for Chicago gangsters, politicians and others seeking alcohol, gambling and private dining rooms remains true to its word.

Recently, Morgan Lidster stumbled across a dinner-for-two gift certificate. The problem -- it was issued 18 years ago. So Lidste  called the Rod and Gun Steakhouse and posed the question: Was it still good?

Manager Bill Johnson offered a quick reply: “Yes, come on up and have Valentine’s Day dinner on us,” Lidster said.

“I pretty much feel, if you make a commitment, that’s it,” said Bob Johnson, who still owns the property but leaves the day-to-day management to his son and niece.

Gift certificates are a growing part of U.S. retail business, accounting for about $110 billion in sales in 2012, according to CEB TowersGroup, which studies gift card sales. Some states prohibit gift cards from expiring — such as Illinois since 2008 — but many, such as Indiana, do not.

A 2009 federal law requires all U.S. retail gift cards to remain redeemable for at least five years.

Honoring the old promise will also pay off for the Rod and Gun Steakhouse in repeat business, it seems.

“The atmosphere is fantastic,” said Jamie Higgins, who enjoyed the meal with Lidster. “We’ll definitely go back.”


Details for this story were provided by The Tribune Star in Terre Haute, Ind.

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