Restaurant.Com was founded in 1999 by Cary Chessick. The company partners with restaurants to offer significant savings on gift cards to increase business and clientele. (Note that this is not the same internet search company Restaurants.com)
The company states that it has partnered with 21,000 private and chain restaurants across the USA to offer “significant savings” on gift certificates. A typical discount would offer a $25 gift certificate for $10.
Some restaurants have complained that they did not agree to these terms and gift cards are sold without their consent. The company states that some restaurants might not fully understand the terms of the deal or that they are failing to explain to their employees how to properly credit the gift cards.
The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning to customers that there appears to be a pattern with gift cards not being accepted at all businesses.
Restaurant.Com states that they have successfully sold more than 8 million gift cards in the past 3 years. The company has headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois.