April 7, 2011
Loomis chef honoring Slocum House gift certificates

A former Slocum House chef has stepped forward to honor gift certificates to the now shuttered Fair Oaks restaurant.

Chef Vincent Paul Alexander, of Alexander's Horseshoe Bar Grill in Loomis, told The Bee that he'll trade any Slocum House gift certificate for a promotional one to his restaurant. The offer likely will come as good news to disgruntled diners. Dozens of readers have been calling The Bee since news of Slocum House's closure broke last week, wondering how to redeem or get a refund on gift certificates.

"When a place like that goes out of business there are a lot of people left holding gift certificates," he said.

The gesture is "a nod to the customers of Slocum House and their impact on my career," Alexander wrote in an e-mail.

Alexander started his career at Slocum House in 1990 and was there for seven years before leaving to open Alexander's Meritage in Folsom.

"I always believed that I would end my career as owner/chef of Slocum House," he wrote.

The unique restaurant was not only a premier fine dining establishment in the Sacramento region, but also a place where memories were made. Click here to read about the restaurant's closure.

"Guests have grown up with the restaurant, dined with us before the prom, got engaged, got married and celebrated countless birthday and special occasions at the restaurant," Alexander wrote. "The chickens, the beautiful patio and historic charm are not re-creatable. I truly hope that someone reopens this iconic restaurant and brings it back to its former glory."

Certain restrictions apply. The Slocum gift certificates will be exchanged for ones to Alexander's Horseshoe Bar Grill dollar for dollar, Alexander explained. So if a diner has a $100 Slocum House gift certificate, they will receive four $25 gifts certificates Alexander's. Only one promotional certificate may be used per visit, and they can't be used on holidays or for special events, he said.

For more information or to inquire about using Slocum House certificates at Alexander's Horseshoe Bar Grill, call the restaurant at (916) 652-4100.

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