While I appreciate a good meal, I’m not usually one to base my travels around restaurants. I know there are some foodies who plan trips around restaurants, and I totally get it. But it’s not for me.
Well, except two summers ago, when I decided I had to eat at Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. What’s Amy’s Baking Company, you ask?
It’s the restaurant featured in the most controversial episode of Gordon Ramsey’s “Kitchen Nightmares.” If you haven’t seen it and have ~40 minutes of free time, you have to watch it:
I couldn’t not eat there. So I managed to convince a few friends to join me, and we made an outing to Amy’s Baking Company. And it was exactly what you’d expect.
Well, if you’re looking to have an equally awesome time, you better hurry. Per the AP, Amy’s Baking Company is closing its doors soon:
Co-owner Amy Bouzaglo said Thursday that she and husband Samy Bouzaglo are in final negotiations to sell the property in Scottsdale but that they are keeping the Amy’s Baking Company name. She plans to focus on making desserts for Phoenix-area restaurants and online instructional cooking videos.
The decision had nothing to do with lingering negative publicity from the show, though people on social media have assumed otherwise, she said.
The couple says they opted to sell because they also had issues with the building’s former landlord. Bouzaglo says the landlord allowed construction in other spaces in the shopping center that led to a sewer-like odor seeping into their restaurant.
I might just have to book another trip to Phoenix in the coming weeks so I can once again enjoy
eating being told how great their food is.
Anyone want to join me? Maybe we can schedule a reader meetup and take over the restaurant. 😉
(Tip of the hat to Mike)