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Ode to André Rieu Productions (ARP) by Lidia Surówka.
Lidia Surówka (She is from Poland but lives in Maastricht) was one of the victims who lost her money by the bankruptcy of one of the Vrijthof restaurants. This is what she likes to write to ARP: My five friends and I bought terrace arrangements for the July 15th concert in one of the restaurants on the Vrijthof, at the beginning of December 2017. After our tickets hadn't shown up till the middle of April, and the contact person didn't answer my email, I finally decided to go there, and see what was going on. Can you imagine that feeling, when, instead of this nice restaurant I had seen before, I saw something that looked like an abandoned place?? The staff from a neighboring restaurant told me, that "our” restaurant went bankrupt, so it was clear that there won't be any tickets, and the money we paid for them was also "gone with the wind". I was advised to contact Andre Rieu Productions, which I did. And this is when the good part of the story begins. In the first mail I got from them, they wrote that they had been looking for some solutions. It took them a while, but they just did something amazing; they literally "created a new restaurant" for those poor 700 fans, that lost their dinner tickets and their money (€ 86 p.p) to this restaurant that went bankrupt. They used this empty space on both sides of the theatre steps. They somehow brought there lots of tables, chairs, plates, and cutlery. They had to hire the waiters, someone had to cook all those tasty dishes. We were welcomed with a glass of champagne, treated with delicious and beautifully served food, by a very friendly staff. We didn't have to pay any additional money. They not only saved 700 people's evening, but did it at the top level. I am highly impressed, and grateful. Thank you André, Pierre, and the ARP team. Lidia.
For the second time a Vrijthof restaurant went bankrupt just before the start of the André Rieu concert series. Read the newspaper article of May 21st 2018, in the Harmony Parlor, click HERE. For the 2nd time André compensated the 700 guests who were duped: click HERE to go to the Harmony Parlor, for the newspaper article of June 22nd 2018.
Their very special dinner tickets: VIP treatment for € 0,00. “Uitbreiding” means “Extension”.
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