Amy's Baking Company Plans To Reopen, Hires Publicist To Tell Their Side Of Epic Meltdown
If you thought restaurant owners Samy and Amy Bouzaglo were going to pack it up after being humiliated on Gordon Ramsay's TV show "Kitchen Nightmares" and, well, the internet, clearly you haven't been paying attention. The Bouzaglos do not seem to be the types who admit they've lost control or exercise any kind of restraint.
The owners announced that they are planning to re-open their beleaguered Scottsdale restaurant on Tuesday in a press release that really comes out swinging. The couple has also hired a publicist known in Arizona for being called in to do serious damage control, which seems like the smartest thing the couple has done so far. The announcement starts out this way:
Amy's Baking Company will host a Grand Re-Opening on Tuesday night, May 21, following unflattering portrayals on national television.
Customers will be able to decide who is correct: a famous celebrity chef or the marketplace that has supported the small, locally-owned business for six years.
When re-opened, a portion of proceeds will benefit a charity organized to bring awareness to cyber bullying.
That last line is important: it sounds like the couple plans to stick to their line that their social media accounts were hacked, and they are the victims of cyberbullying.
In the release, the owners deny allegations that they treat their staff poorly and confiscate their tips: "The owners will likely be holding a press conference before the Grand Re-Opening and answer falsehoods depicted on a reality television show, including assertions that the restaurant confiscates tips from servers. In fact, wait staff is paid $8-$14 per hour, two and half to nearly five times the standard hourly wage for servers."
A Change.org petition with over 23,000 signatures asking that the Department of Labor investigate the way the company pays its workers: "Amy's Baking Company (ABC) in Scottsdale, AZ, has come out publicly that their policy is to confiscate every single penny earned through tipping patrons, without informing customers, and instead, only pay their servers an hourly wage."
One unexpected twist is that for whatever reason, the company has invited Phoenix civil rights activist Rev. Jarrett Maupin to come along for the presser:
Repsect 2 The Yard,Maya but '13 eatery event 2be Grand Re-opening of Amy's Bakery Co. Tuesday. @reverendmaupin 2 emcee presser before— Jason Rose PR (@jasonrosepr) May 16, 2013
Rev. Maupin says the Lord works in mysterious ways:
We're curious to see what happens next since the couple doesn't quite know when it's time to stop talking.
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