Fired waitress shares her take on all the attention on Amy's Baking Company

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 5:36 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 5:36 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's the hottest restaurant in Scottsdale, and for the second day in a row, no one can get a table at Amy's Baking Company.

"I was kind of hoping it would be open for the entertainment purposes, said Kevin Boje, visiting from Canada on a business trip. Knowing he was headed to Scottsdale, he promised his family he'd check it out.

Customers were not allowed in, but owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo told me they've hired Scottsdale public relations firm Rose+Moser+Allyn and are planning a grand re-opening. Beyond that they had no further comment.

Outside, the number of gawkers was growing.

"You can't buy this kind of advertising," said Larry Ash.

But across the way, we met a woman who'd rather not return to Amy's.  She's Katy Cipriano, the waitress Amy fired on reality TV.

"None of it was scripted," she said.

Katy says the camera caught the truth of what it was like working at ABC, and that those ugly moments created a lot of curiosity.

"I think they just want to see if Amy's going to have the same reaction. If she's going to have a meltdown," she said.  

On May 21, Amy's will host its re-opening celebration Their PR  team calls it a chance for people to experience the couple and their restaurant for themselves.  And believe it or not, Katy would love to make a reservation.

"I wish I could go to it! I just want to see what it would be like I think it's going to be a 'Kitchen Nightmares' round two!" she said.

For more information, and how to attend Amy's Baking Company's grand re-opening, see part of the release from their PR team below:  

Amy's Baking Company press release

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 reopened, a portion of proceeds will benefit a charity organized to bring awareness to cyber bullying.

Seating is limited.  Reservations may be made by emailing  sjones@rosemoserallynpr.com.

Diners will also have the opportunity to meet and judge for themselves the character of owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, who have devoted their lives to and earn their living from their small restaurant. The Bouzaglos have been married for 10 years, after Samy emigrated from Israel.

The owners will likely be holding a press conference before the Grand Re-Opening to answer falsehoods about their business 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.

Questions will also be answered about what happened to their Facebook page.

 

 

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