Despite, or perhaps because of, the continuing controversy following their infamous appearance on the Gordon Ramsay show “Kitchen Nightmares,” Amy’s Baking Company may soon be coming to a TV near you. According to a recent report, the Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant is in talks to develop a spinoff show of its own.
According to an exclusive report from Radar Online, the restaurant’s owners, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, are considering offers from multiple production companies to create a reality show based on the restaurant and its owners’ dramatic antics. “Right now Cineflix is the most serious production company trying to secure Amy and Samy. They want to develop a show around their restaurant and their bad behavior,” a source told the gossip site.
“Amy and Samy are all for it because they feel like it’s the only way to keep their restaurant open,” the source added. The Bouzaglos, whose restaurant was plagued by thousands of negative reviews on sites like Yelp and Reddit after it appeared on “Kitchen Nightmares,” say their business has been hurt by cyberbullying. In their appearance on the show, Amy Bouzaglo told audiences the trouble started about two years ago when reviewers began writing lies about the food and service, although her husband Samy admitted to throwing out customers who complained about the food.
Shortly after the episode aired, the couple appeared to go on a profanity-laced rant against online reviewers. They have since launched a “Grand Reopening” for Amy’s Baking Company, but patronage has reportedly been low. Hayley Ringle, a reporter for the Phoenix Business Journal, said there were many empty tables on Friday night when she ate there with co-workers. “Never mind the slow, inexperienced staff, the tense atmosphere in the restaurant and the empty tables which made me wonder where the publicized 1,000 reservations were on a Friday night,” Ringle wrote.
The Bouzaglos were also forced to cancel a press conference the day of the reopening, which they had said would tell their side of the story, due to legal threats from Fox. “Right now their agent is just looking out for them to make sure they get the best deal, so they want to wait on signing with Cineflix to make sure they’ve seen all the deals on the table,” the source said.
“But no doubt, you will be seeing Amy and Samy on TV again sometime in the future,” the source continued. “They need to generate money and publicity to keep their business going, otherwise customers just dropping in because of their ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ appearance will fizzle and their restaurant will go under.”