Amy's Baking Company held its Grand Re-Opening yesterday after filming a disastrous episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" with Gordon Ramsey. Amy and Samy Bouzaglo reportedly hired a brand new staff for the re-launch, with the condition being that they had not seen the episode of "Kitchen Nightmares."
"The owners didn't want new employees to have a preconceived idea of what it was like to work at Amy's Baking Company. They wanted fresh people in who had no idea what to expect," a source revealed to Radar Online.
It was yet another turnover for the Company crew; during the episode of "Kitchen Nightmares," owner Samy told Ramsey that they had seen over 100 workers come and go through their doors. It was a startling revelation that a restaurant so small would have so many workers fail to stay, yet former employees told Ramsey that there were serious problems with the restaurant.
"Samy is testing out new employees; he doesn't want to run food but will if new staff doesn't have what it takes to work their busy floor," the source added.
Samy was accused of taking the workers' tips and pocketing them for himself, which he justified by saying that the workers were paid hourly and did not need the money. Yet in a Facebook post, he insisted that no tips were ever taken from the staff and that they were paid more than double the minimum wage.
"Amy and Samy claim that they now hire their staff as actual servers, and that they make $5 an hour PLUS TIPS, which is actually pretty good for a server," blogger Sheryl (girlvsplanet) posted yesterday after the re-opening. She was able to attend the re-opening and tweeted throughout the experience.
"Amy and Samy had a huge meltdown on the show, and it bled over onto the Internet for all the world to see. And the Internet, as we all know, can be mean. So it was. Did they deserve it? They made some pretty huge mistakes, yeah. But are they capable of running a successful restaurant? Well, they have for six years. The future… remains to be seen," Sheryl noted.