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Old 05-17-2013, 01:28 AM   #1
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Amazing Kitchen Nightmares Episode

This is such a train wreck....Just amazing

Kitchen Nightmares episode on the restaurant owners that...well...can't be helped.

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The episode is astonishing:



And the restaurant's facebook page is amazing (look at the "'press release") and the ensuing hilarity in the comments....
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
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Wow! It's a miracle that they stayed in business for so long.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:48 AM   #3
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I saw this a few days ago and was flabbergasted. It's incredible to see such broken, despicable people running a restaurant that is still in business. After watching the video, I read pretty much all the articles I could find online about this and discovered that Amy Bouzaglo has a very unseemly past -- she's been in jail before for identity theft and financial fraud, for starters.

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I think she took one too many self help courses that taught her she can do anything if she looks in the mirror and tells herself over and over that she can do it. Without any actual skills or experience.
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They both seem shady, but she has to have some kind of personality disorder.
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No soup for you!!!!
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They both seem shady, but she has to have some kind of personality disorder.
Can you spell "narcissist"?

That was very entertaining! Finally, owners who can out-insult Gordon Ramsay! It's unbelievable that these people think they can treat customers and staff like that and get away with it in a society like the US. I would not be surprised if the restaurant is a front for money laundering. Why else would Samy refuse to let the servers use the computer? They have temporarily closed and are reopening on Tuesday night. Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall? It would almost be worth a trip to Arizona LOL!
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Down the street from us. They have had an ongoing feud with the local foodie reviewers which you can see on yelp. A cow-orker and I actually tried going there before the episode aired but they stopped opening for weekday lunch. My understanding is that they actually believed Gordon would say how good they were.
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Down the street from us. They have had an ongoing feud with the local foodie reviewers which you can see on yelp. A cow-orker and I actually tried going there before the episode aired but they stopped opening for weekday lunch. My understanding is that they actually believed Gordon would say how good they were.
Too bad you missed that. You can still go back - for the entertainment value.

Looks like they are having more confrontations on Yelp and Facebook, and just as bad. From their facebook page

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Obviously our Facebook, YELP, Twitter and Website have been hacked. We are working with the local authorities as well as the FBI computer crimes unit to ensure this does not happen again. We did not post those horrible things. Thank You Amy &Samy
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Wow! It's a miracle that they stayed in business for so long.
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Competetion in the restaurant industry here is intense. We have seen some terrific restaurants go under very quickly, because while terrific, they still aren't good enough to compete effectively. One little issue can ruin a restaurant's reputation. I can't imagine a restaurant like that surviving even a week!

I see no reason for anybody go there when I am sure there are a plethora of other, better restaurants available in Scottsdale. What surprises me is that they had any customers at all.
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The Washington Post even featured them, showing their messages and an analysis of their "hacked" messages.

Amy’s Baking Company vs. The Entire Internet

I realized that they are the restaurant version of Fawlty Towers.
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My take on this whole fiasco is that it's run by a rich old man who coddles his trophy wife and tries to shield her from anything negative, at all costs. He was a custom home builder, but in 2006, as the market was starting to dry up (their words, I didn't think it started crashing until late 2007, but maybe he was in a different market), so he put $1M into this restaurant so his wife could realize her passion.

This place has probably been losing money for years, but the husband probably keeps dumping his money into it, to keep his wife's hobby afloat. The wife can't stand any kind of criticism, and has an ingrained victim mentality, so the husband does everything in his power to shield his wife from that. But all it does is perpetuate her beliefs that she can do no wrong.
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No soup for you!!!!
The difference is, the real place that inspired the Seinfeld episode makes REALLY good soup.
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Competetion in the restaurant industry here is intense. We have seen some terrific restaurants go under very quickly, because while terrific, they still aren't good enough to compete effectively. One little issue can ruin a restaurant's reputation. I can't imagine a restaurant like that surviving even a week!

I see no reason for anybody go there when I am sure there are a plethora of other, better restaurants available in Scottsdale. What surprises me is that they had any customers at all.
All the local lawyers eat there. Hmmmm....
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When I see a new flavor of ravioli on sale at Costco, there's this one Italian place that I know will have a remarkably similar item on their Specials menu this weekend!

A long time back, when Costco first rolled out the Giant Muffins From Heck, they showed up pretty quickly in many of the little coffee and snack kiosks in the area. I don't fault them a bit. It's really hard for a little bitty one man coffee stand to run a bakery and a roastery, and I know darn well that they are buying their stuff somewhere. On the other hand, none of THEM are claiming to make all the goodies themselves.
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If her bakery items are as good as they appear to be (Gordon even seemed to be impressed - at least at first glance) then maybe they should focus on that instead of a restaurant. Neither of them need to be dealing with the public. I'm surprised there hasn't been a serious knock-down and drag-out fight with customers. Evidently Scottsdale has some pretty laid back, tolerant, forgiving people. The show speaks well of the folks in Scottsdale.

I would still like to go there for an evenings entertainment but I would probably get asked to leave after I finish the pastry.

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If her bakery items are as good as they appear to be (Gordon even seemed to be impressed - at least at first glance) then maybe they should focus on that instead of a restaurant. Neither of them need to be dealing with the public. I'm surprised there hasn't been a serious knock-down and drag-out fight with customers. Evidently Scottsdale has some pretty laid back, tolerant, forgiving people. The show speaks well of the folks in Scottsdale.
There has apparently been subsequent information indicating that the bakery goods may have been bought elsewhere also....

The owner's Facebook page seemed to admit reselling the bakery stuff although they now claim the page was "hacked" and they didn't really say all the awful stuff posted.

Also, many of the food items pictured on Facebook as being their items apparently have turned out to be photos from a variety of other places.

There was also a Reddit AMA by the waitress who was fired during the show.

Former waitress Katy Cipriano from Amy's Baking Company; ft. on Kitchen Nightmares : IAmA
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I never watch stuff like that, but thanks--very entertaining! I watched both episodes. And then found this. I have a great weakness for a Venn Diagram, and the one at the end of this very funny article does not disappoint.

Amy’s Baking Company vs. The Entire Internet

Hahahaha! Such a good story to cheer up my Friday. Many thanks!
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What a hoot ! I watched the whole episode . Definitely a crazy couple but I bet their place will be packed with people wanting to see how crazy they really are .
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Definitely a crazy couple but I bet their place will be packed with people wanting to see how crazy they really are .
I'd take a pass on that. Having to deal with enough nutcases in the past I'm sure not going to seek them out.
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