May 15, 2013 12:32 PM GMT
I'm not even going to start with all the stuff that's been blowing up around this restaurant in the past week, because it's a LOT of stuff and, apparently unlike the food, it's ALL delicious!
Amy's (or A.B.C.) is run by Samy and Amy Bouzaglo, the latter we're just now finding out has kind of a checkered past before getting into the food biz. Their restaurant already had a local reputation in the Phoenix area for ugly catfights with disappointed customers that extended online to the reviews on sites like Yelp and the local news outlets.
Well, the not-quite-charm offensive has now gone global. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay paid a visit to A.B.C. back in December and, as now revealed in his season finale of Kitchen Nightmares, Amy's has the distinction of being the one eatery his show would not save -- Ramsay got up and walked out!
GawkerIn six seasons of Kitchen Nightmares, Chef Gordon Ramsay has never quit on a client. Until last week, that is, when he found Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, owners of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, simply beyond help.
"It is because they are incapable of listening," an exasperated Ramsay told viewers.
Ramsay was being unusually euphemistic: Throughout the episode, the Bouzaglos threatened some customers, screamed profanities at others, fired waitstaff, and proved generally terrifying.
"You have the right to run the business the way you want to run your business," Ramsay tells the couple after giving it his best shot. "I have the right to do the right thing. And the right thing for me is to get out of here."
The notoriety caused a mushroom-cloud explosion of commentary online -- a lot of disdain regarding the treatment of waitstaff (the owners pocket 100% of the tips) and some due to the store-bought food claimed to be freshly made and sold online with pictures stolen off the Internet, but mostly from the attytoods of the Bouzaglos toward seemingly everyone.
It all seems to have gotten to Amy -- or "someone" (the couple now claims they were hacked) -- as the restaurant snapped back with spectacular invective-filled rants on their Facebook page, specifically at Yelpers and Redditers.
A.B.C. Facebook comment (via Tucson Weekly)"WE WILL START A GENERATION OF TRUTHFULLNESS (sic) AND WE WILL FIGHT TO BRING PLACES LIKE, YELP AND REDDIT, AND HORRIBLE PEOPLE LIKE GORDON TO THE LIGHT" and "I AM GODS CHILD. PISS OFF ALL OF YOU. FUCK REDDITS, (sic) FUCK YELP AND FUCK ALL OF YOU" and "AMERICA IS ABOUT RESSLING, (sic) IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL. THE CAKES WE OFFER ARE EXPENSIVE BECAUSE WE HAVE TO REPACKAGE AND SHIP"
Included in the mudslinging is a screenshot of clearly doctored Reddit comment suggesting the cops were calling Redditers, threatening them to stop criticizing and digging into the restaurant and its owners. "Amy's" caption below the screenshot: "SEE? WE WILL GET YOU"
I wondered who here has been watching this piping hot mess unfold? And how much longer can A.B.C. possibly survive? Will the negative press and commentary lure enough morbidly-curious eaters to actually gain this place some new business? Any Phoenix-area RJ'ers out there familiar with the place?