Amy’s Baking Company owner might get deported
At 40 and 63, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, have found themselves the owners of one of the most famous restaurants in the world, overnight. For all the wrong reasons, of course, but still—with all the attention they have on them, they must feel like they’ve got a lot on the line. After going dark in the wake of the most extraordinary restaurant PR meltdown of all time, they threw a grand re-opening last night and ate some humble pie on Facebook.
But even as they make a big show of trying to start fresh with customers, a new problem: Samy Bouzaglo might get deported.
An Israeli emigre born in Morocco, Bouzaglo has been stateside for 13 years. But, according to Eater, he’s now coming under increased scrutiny by immigration officials for failing to mention that he’s “banned from France and Germany and has a history of drug and extortion charges.”
Amy also served one year in federal prison for attempting to commit bank fraud by using someone else’s social security on a loan application.
The Bouzaglos have claimed that their social media accounts were “hacked” and that they never wrote any of the now-infamous diatribes on their Facebook page. Of course, their behavior on the show “Kitchen Nightmares,” which included actually shoving a customer, would make their claims of a hack seem about as likely as Anthony Weiner’s. But hey—that isn’t stopping him from trying to make a comeback, right?
Amy’s Baking Company also wrote on a Facebook post that “a portion of proceeds [from the grand re-opening] will benefit a charity organized to bring awareness to cyber bullying.” Of course, coming from a guy who admitted to stealing tips from his waiters on national TV, who knows whether this will materialize.