Sunday, 29 May 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Flamangos / The Junction - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Flamangos / The Junction

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Flamango's, Whitehouse Station, NJ, to help a restaurant with a tacky tropical parrot theme, owned by Bill, who came out of retirement and Adele and run with their daughter Cheryl, there is a new chef who has been there 4 weeks and is not allowed to change anything, Gordon goes to visit them at the family ranch, he is shocked to find Cheryl lives at home as she cannot afford to move out. Gordon arrives at the restaurant, hates the décor and sits down to order some food. He orders an Ahi Tuna Appetiser which was very spicy, Tiki Platter which he spat out and The Flaming Tsunami, a Filet mignon cooked on a tile with garlic butter which Gordon finds is tough and chewy. Gordon returns to witness a dinner service noting the menu is huge,which confuses the customers and leads to the kitchen struggling to cook the huge menu. Gordon inspects the walk in and finds that it is unacceptable with old food items and incorrect temperature. For Gordon's makeover, he completely redecorates the restaurant in a  colour that Adele hates and Willie the Aligator is burnt out the back. The menu is changed to american cuisine and the restaurant is also renamed as The Junction.  For relaunch night, it is clear that Adele is still not happy with the changes and is extremely negative. Everyone else is happy and the relaunch is a success with the customers and staff happy with the changes.

What Happened Next? 


They went back to their old ways shortly after Gordon left and closed in April 2011. The Rail at Readington opened in it's space, a traditional american restaurant and reviews are mostly good.

Extra Reading


The Junction Yelp Reviews

49 comments:

  1. She couldn't stand the color blue? Guess they moved to Florida.

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  2. Did anyone else noticed that she "hated blue" but her shirt was almost the same color as the chairs?

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    1. Yes, that was hilarious! :D

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    2. Not pink, it was blue.

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    3. I'm watching it right now, her shirt is pink.

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    4. Her sweater is blue!

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    5. In the beginning it was pink then she changed it to blue during the re-opening

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    6. I've seen this episode several times in the past few weeks, thanks to BBC America. Adele is in fact wearing a pink shirt when she says "I hate blue" at the new restaurant decor unveiling. However, on re-launch night she is indeed wearing a blue shirt, I noticed this at once on first viewing. Dichotomous much, lady? Adele was a whack job, and I agree with whomever said that her husband Bill should be a candidate for sainthood for putting up with her.

      "It tastes like a fish. Ugh!" Has she never had salmon before??

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    7. your right, she is just a complainer and that wants things her way... she is the perfect definition of a fool.

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    8. Did anyone noticed that she had blue eyes and a blue shirt on and she aid she " hated " the color blue?

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    9. Did anyone else notice she had blue eyes and a blue shirt and she said she "hated" the color blue?

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    10. I am watching the revisited episode on Netflix. On relaunch night her shirt was the same color blue as the new chairs. The first thought that came to my mind was "if she hates blue, why is she wearing blue?"

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  3. I'm glad this place failed. That woman was the worst restaurant owner of all time and she didn't deserve to succeed. I feel bad for her husband though.

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    1. I'm sorry, but no matter how you feel about Adele you shouldn't be glad that she failed. That's just ridiculous.

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    2. It's ridiculous to want a vicious horrible owner to fail??? She was awful to her customers and employees. Didn't care about the food. Refused to listen to anyone. Why would anyone want her to succeed????

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    3. I have been to the newest place now called The Rail at Readington. I spoke to some that had been there when it was the owners when Mr. Ramsey was there and one guy told me that he was with a bunch of motorcycle riders traveling for a great cause for the children. They went in to a dead restaurant no one there and all were turned away because of the dress code policy of no sleeves. No wonder why they failed.

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    4. "It's ridiculous to want a vicious horrible owner to fail??? She was awful to her customers and employees. Didn't care about the food. Refused to listen to anyone. Why would anyone want her to succeed????"

      I'm not the same person who originally posted but my position is this: you shouldn't wish ill will on anyone. I can understand having disdain for someone who portrays themselves as she did. However, wishing failure and harm to come to someone (the whole of something) is just simply foul.

      What you should do is wish that they would change for the better and improve; for her to address particular traits (the parts of something) that you disagree with, not hope that she suffers loss.

      You don't find the hypocrisy in your own viciousness for hoping someone doesn't succeed?

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    5. Her 'success' came from victimizing others. She hurt her family, her staff and every person who walked in that door. It would be wrong to wish harm on her person but being happy the weapon she used is out of her hands is sane.

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  4. That old woman had the worst attitude! Grumpy old broad.

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  5. Adele = borderline personality disorder

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    1. Not sure it was borderline.

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    2. everything isn't a disorder. she's just an angry, mean person

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  6. I'm curious about what happened after to cause the restaurant to close down (I'm sure I can make a few guesses). Adele was way too stubborn and set in her ways. I noticed her "we'll see" attitude when asked about how things were going really meant that she was ignoring any success and didn't like it because it was different. She was just not someone who should have owned a business. Even at the end when she was "lightening up" she still seemed displeased and rigid.

    The sad part is her husband seemed like a really sweet man. I wonder how many levels of hell he had to go through in life with her lol. I just hope that the closing of the restaurant didn't leave them high and dry in their golden years. At the very least, he didn't deserve that.

    And while the daughter just seemed to be along for the ride I will give her credit, she didn't get angry when Gordon Ramsay made comments about her living at home. :P I wonder how much of that was her mother's doing. lol

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    1. I believe the place was sold to the owners of a bagel shop near The Junction. I hope they got a good deal. It's too bad. I was really rooting for their success.
      I agree with what you said about Adele. But at the same time Bill said he had made about a million dollars from owning a few restaurants then retired. I would think that Adele was involved with those places, no?
      The reason Bill agreed to come out of retirement was because Adele was bored. Bill was a sweet guy.

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  7. She deserved everything she got. karma is a bitch!!! From the poor treatment towards her to the poor treatment towards the most important people in the business.. The customers. I feel no sympathy at all

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  8. Anyone else notice that she said she hated the salmon cause "it tasted like a fish"

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    1. I've heard that dumb statement from multiple people. Such morons.

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  9. That miserable old lady deserved to fail. Hopefully she will never own another business in her life. Blind, stubborn, and stupid. I do not feel sorry for her. I am glad the place closed down and sorry Gordon wasted his time.

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  10. I agree with everyone here that disliked the old woman. As a result, I am glad the place closed down. That old woman turned my stomach and deserved to fail. She gets no sympathy from me.

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  11. That woman DESERVES to go out of business!!!! Adele is a BITCH and I can't get my font big enough. I have worked in the food industry for many many years. She is so lucky that she and her daughter aren't the only servers in the joint. I would have told them where to put there job if Adele ever spoke to me the way she spoke to her VERY supportive wait staff

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  12. I hope they're doing OK. It's hard to embrace change for older people.

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  13. Shes a dumb bitch,,,Im glad it went tits up.

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  14. I could hardly stand to watch this episode. Ramsay usually doesn't put up with bad attitudes, yet he went easy on Adele in my opinion. She was so ungrateful for the help. What a toxic personality.

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  15. Cheryl... She was pretty....

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    1. ewww. If you think that was pretty you need your eyes examined.

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    2. Adele's husband says she's a "pain in the ass". I loved that.

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    3. Yes, she was quite lovely

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  16. If portrayed from their own words was right, they said, "Always poor, beyond retirement guy, who came out of retirement after running successful restaurants to make up for the daughter's shortcomings", in a winning poor me attitude. Grinned on that one. Seen this one. Will live to not tell a similar story. Thx Chef.

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  17. Just watching this episode on BBCAmerica. In speaking about customers, Adele said that customers lie, and "Screw them." I can't help but wonder why their chef was so new. What happened to the previous one? And why, oh why, did they open this restaurant?? Adele doesn't care what might make the customers happy and come back. She just wants what she wants no matter how bad it is. She is a very mean, rude, unhappy person. Why do people like this even bother calling Chef Ramsay for help if they do not want to listen to anything he says?

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  18. Disheartening that Ramsay made a big deal about their daughter living with them. Sometimes it financially just makes more sense, sometimes parents need to be cared for, and sometimes it's a temporary location between schools. Ramsay should know this.

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  19. "Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way."

    Individuals with toxic, negative attitudes like Adele should not be in the hospitality industry, especially when they work the front of the house in direct contact with customers.

    Among the many examples of her poor attitude and leadership skills, I just can't believe how negatively Adele spoke of the restaurant to a customer, right after the customer enthusiastically said she liked the changes. Customers don't come to restaurants to listen to owners, managers, or servers vent or complain. People that are like Adele truly deserve to fail in the restaurant industry so that room is made for other more talented and caring individuals to rise and take their place. Good riddance.

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  20. On the revisit episode, the chairs in the dining room were wood instead of the chrome and blue chairs Chef Ramsey installed. I liked it better, the room felt warmer and less like a diner. That was my first thought on the reveal, that he'd given them back a diner because that's what they'd been successful running. Normally I love the reveal changes, but a classy tropical theme would have been nice to see. The family probably arranged a chair exchange with the neighboring restaurant supply house. I would have, too. Guess I have to agree with Adele on that one. What a bitch otherwise. I also wish Ramsey hadn't picked on the daughter over her moving back in with her folks, a very common thing to during the recession.

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  21. Sorry to say but i watched this Episode yesterday and i got a feeling that Adele and her daughter just worked on to get her Husband six feet under. If she had done and not changed back all problem would have been gone. In Germany we have something like Nightmare kitchens too and the owner follow the instructions and get new idea to get forward and it works. The cooks comming to help restaurants stay in contact with the owners over years to help them after the show and i think Gordon does this too. So the golden rule is: If u ask for help then let you help and not put a knife in the helpers back. She just had to adjust herself into the concept. However she can't and thats why i do not wonder that they have closed. Her fault !

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    1. Really interesting comparison of cultures. Too independent minded over hear maybe, and everyone thinking themselves experts is a big problem. "Your opinion is as valid as mine" was a huge argument over here in the U.S. during the last election. "This should be easy" is the downfall of many a small business owner and banks throw money at any restaurant idea because it bolsters the other businesses in the area, no matter how bad the food, at least for awhile.

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  22. I feel sorry for the husband Bill...both daughter and mother are ungrateful, pretentious, spoiled unhappy women...Adele being the constant complainer and blame placer, without griping, with success she had nothing to do but reflect on herself, so therefore self sabotage happens misery loves company and she went to the customers and created her own demise.

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  23. Best part was the fire, suprised adele wast tied to a stake in the middle of it.

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  24. Adele what an old horrible nasty wench.. I am glad she failed... Her daughter still living at home in her 40s what kind of humans are they.. The old fella was sweet and overworked.. Shame on adele for making him work at his age.. Glad she failed

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  25. Hilarious. i'm watching the episode now. I'm not surprised how many restaurants close after Gordon visits them and does everything he can to help them. Old habits die hard. People are so blind to their own problems.

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  26. Change could be hard sometimes. It´s easy to understand that somebody else has to change, but to accept the necessity to change myself ... could be the hard process which needs some time. And somebody can need more time, in comparison with agile Gordon. Adele did not have the entrepreneur´s experience as Gordon, that all. Yes, she was basically the opposite of her husband - she could be excellent financial auditor, but customers & customer service - these areas was not her strenghts. If Adele had stayed at home with her Florida decorations long time ago ...

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