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Kitchen Nightmares - Flamangos / The Junction - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Flamangos / The Junction

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Flamangos, Whitehouse Station, NJ, to help a restaurant with a tacky tropical parrot theme.

Flamangos is owned by Adele and Bill Csepi, who came out of retirement after Adele was retired for just three days.

Prior to this the couple were known for running a number of successful diners and restaurants to run the restaurant with help from their daughter Cheryl.

The restaurant opened in 2006 with the intention of it being a family run high class restaurant.

The staff think the decor is hideous, the restaurant is badly run and they are constantly yelled at by Adele. Bill is over worked and the couple are losing money each day.

Gordon goes to visit them at the family ranch, he is shocked to find 42 year old Cheryl still lives at home with her parents and Bill is 70 years old and should be enjoying retirement.

She hasn't been paid a wage in two years and she cannot afford to move out of the family home.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and instantly hates the tacky decor designed by Cheryl. He questions whether she was drunk when she designed it and Adele defends the decor.

Gordon meets waitress Jody and orders an Ahi Tuna Appetiser, Tiki Platter and the Flaming Tsunami, a Filet mignon cooked table side on a tile.

The tuna was was very spicy, the tiki platter has great presentation but he spits out a rib as it tastes disgusting and the Flaming Tsunami is tough and chewy.

The restaurant has a new chef Bryan, who has been there 4 weeks and is not allowed to change anything on the menu. He has had complaints that the tuna is too spicy but is unable to change it.

Gordon returns to witness an evening dinner service noting the menu is huge, which confuses both the wait staff and the customers.

The kitchen staff also struggles to cook the huge menu. Gordon introduces a special of Bill's meatloaf and the customers love the dish.

Gordon inspects the walk in and finds that it is unacceptable as he finds old food items and that the fridge is running at an incorrect temperature.

For Gordon's makeover, he completely redecorates the restaurant in blue, a colour that Adele hates but will happily dress herself in a blue shirt..

Meanwhile, Willie the Aligator is burnt in a fire out the back along with some other tat from the restaurant.

Gordon reveals that the menu is changed to American cuisine and the restaurant has been renamed as The Junction.

Adele is also not happy with the new limited menu that will put off customers and she isn't a fan of the new name of the restaurant either.

On relaunch night, it is clear that Adele is still not happy with the changes that Gordon has made and is extremely negative around the customers.

Everyone else is happy and the relaunch is a success with the customers and staff happy with the changes.

What Happened Next at The Junction?

After Kitchen Nightmares, Adele described the experience as "it was hell" to the local press and they went back to their old ways a week after Gordon left and returned to their old menu.

Gordon revisited Flamangos in 2011 and the restaurant was continuing to be successful with business at double what it was before.

Adele was also much nicer to both Gordon and the customers and Chery although still single was on the verge of moving out of her parents.

The staff say that Adele is getting better and Bryan is no longer working at the restaurant.

Gordon loved the food including the Junction burger, meatloaf and crab cake.

Flamangos closed in April 2011 as Bill and Adele decided to re-retire to Florida and sell the restaurant.

Yelp reviews after filming are mostly positive with compliments to both the food and the service.

However, Big Giant Food Basket had a more negative experience with a long wait for food and the food being overpriced and lacking flavour.

The Rail at Readington opened in it's space, a traditional american restaurant and both Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good.

Cheryl moved out of her parents house in March 2016, posting the news to Gordons Facebook page.

Flamangos aired on February 02 2010, the episode was filmed in July 2009 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 3 episode 2.

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This post was last updated in September 2019.

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

    1. Yes, that was hilarious! :D

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

    3. 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??

    4. 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?"

    5. When Gordon Ramsey first visited Adele, Bill & Cheryl in their home.Adele was in fact wearing a blue roll neck sweater, and seemed to wear it pretty much most of the time at the first. That colour matched her eyes. Poor man Bill most people don't like change and as for his daughter she had never had a pay cheque in two years and at 42 lived with parents. Each to their own. Cheryl embraced the change as did Bill.
      It made good viewing however shame I saw the restaurant is now closed down. Maybe the chef went on to better things.
      The staff were very dedicated, Shame about Mrs Grumpy. Maybe they paid extra for her to be grumpy for the ratings !!

    6. The real kicker is that her eyes are blue.

  2. 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

    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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

    1. She was 42. She had NEVER lived on her own or been financially independent. That is not the same thing as a college student who needs to be near campus or a person who fell on hard times and needed to readjust their living situation. A 42 year old, able-bodied, able-minded, fully-functioning human who has lived with and off of their parents for their entire existence with absolutely no independence or contribution is pathetic.

  7. "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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 !

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 ...

  12. Absolutely unbelievable . No wonder they closed . Adele was awful never should she have been in a restaurant trying to run it because she was horrible . She needs to retire for sure .

  13. They could've given the woman a block of gold and she would've made a face and had a complaint about it.

    1. "It looks like gold, urgh."

  14. I wonder if she's still living with her parents?

  15. Some people just shouldn't be in business. This was such a case.

  16. This was one of those rare case, where the owners were 100% at fault. Normally Ramsay would find dirty kitchens and under qualified staff, but none of that was present in this episode.

  17. The owner was in denial an unable to embrace or accept change. Unfortunately their closure was inevitable.

  18. The owner was a fool who didn't want to run a business, they just wanted a hobby to pass the time. Her resistance to all the changes had absolutely no business or even practical basis other than some personal obsession with making the place run like her imagined type of restaurant regardless of how much of an utter failure it was.

    Bloody fool, plain and simple. Not somebody who should be running a business nor somebody who is capable of doing so.

  19. Just watched this episode. Wow. I don't want to hate anybody but Adele was just NASTY. There's a bit where she says something like "Oh poor Bill, it's always poor Bill, poor Bill", after they've just showed him being overworked with the ridiculous trolley etc in the restaurant that she seems to have forced him to buy after she "got bored after 3 days" of retirement... Wow. No empathy, only self-pity.

    Hateful and mean. I hope she's changed. How the HELL did they both run four previous restaurants together successfully...??

  20. I had hoped The daughter would hopefully step up and run the restuarant. The head chef was great. Really hope his career is successful

  21. According to a post on Facebook, the daughter moved out in 2016 lol


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