For those of you that are planning a trip to Aruba, please make a dinner reservation at Blossoms. They are having a bit of a tough time now that the RIU has moved in and business is not what it was when it was the Westin.
The Westin would give their all inclusive customers a $25 credit per person to use at Blossoms. That helped offset the cost of the dinner so there was minimal extra expense. The RIU offered to pay Blossoms $10 per person for each of their guests who wanted to eat dinner at the restaurant. Blossoms refused as this would not cover their costs, however, they are offering RIU guests 10% off their dinner as an incentive.
Needless to say, business is down and they are struggling. The restaurant had signed a 20 year lease just prior to the selling of the Westin and Blossoms would love to be able to relocate. There is a court case pending over the situation and I remember the owner telling me about it a few years back. All the stores were offered a buyout except Blossoms. They were trying to squeeze them out so they could have the space for themselves without having to pay off the 20 year lease. All sorts of tactics were tried while the RIU was under construction to try and get Blossoms to close (like not letting them put up a big sign outside on the building saying they were still open for business).
So everyone, please make a reservation at Blossoms for Sushi, Chinese or Japanese and let's support a long established business. BTW, there is (once again) pressure to allow more all inclusive resorts to be built on the island. Originally, the Government said no but it seems they are starting to relent. Business owners are trying to lobby the Government not to let this happen.