Flamangos / The Junction Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?

Is Flamangos / The Junction still open?

Current Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 2, 2010
Flamangos / The Junction Address: 157 Main St Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08889
Flamangos The Junction Kitchen Nightmares Update Closed


Episode Recap

Why is it that restaurant failures seem to go hand in hand with overbearing or power mad owners? It could almost be a mathematical constant.

Tyrannical owner equals problems times stress squared. There, the restaurant failure constant; I will wait for the Nobel people to call me.

Case in point is Flamangos in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.

Our man Gordon finds the staff at this New Jersey eatery terrorized by owner, Adele. (No she wasn’t the “Rollin’ in the Deep” Adele, though I bet her staff wishes she were).

The Ahi Tuna Appetizer was very spicy, almost too spicy to eat; he spat out the Tiki Platter.

Flamangos was decorated in a surreal tropical parrot motif and basically, it was designed for Jimmy Buffett as the set for the “Margaritaville” music video.

Chef Ramsey found a host of problems with this place, food that was stored improperly and prepared incorrectly and haphazardly (food inspectors take note); more outrageous decorations like a wooden alligator and toucans; and a menu that was so random and eclectic that it confused many of the wait staff.

Then there was Adele. My control for my restaurant failure constant.

She spent most, if not all, of her time yelling at anyone that was unfortunate enough to come within two feet of her.

That included the customers, the staff, and Gordon himself!

Our Shakespeare of the salty language showed great restraint here. Though, us Gordon-maniacs love it when he lets the salty metaphors fly!

Paging Chef Gordon Ramsey, critical patient in OR.

Gordon makes significant changes to the entire restaurant.

Gone were the gaudy decorations (Not the Toucan, not Willie the Wooden Alligator; Oh the Humanity!).

He also changed the menu to include more elegant, Americanized offerings, and rechristened the restaurant “The Junction.”

Surprise, surprise, but for relaunch night, Adele was not happy the changes, obnoxiously and loudly so (still waiting on the call from the Nobel prize people, call me).

Everyone else was happy, however, the staff satisfied with the changes. Take that Adele.


Flamangos / The Junction Update - What Happened Next?

In 2011, Gordon decided to make a follow-up visit to the Junction to see how things had progressed a year down the line.

Amazingly enough, we might see a flaw in the Restaurant failure constant as we found a nicer Adele and a successful restaurant.

However, the restaurant eventually closed in April 2011.

It didn’t stop there. There would be no shame if when the Junction closed, they said that the owners wanted to retire, or that they just wanted to do new things.

No, the owners of the Junction (i.e., Adele) put out a statement blasting Kitchen Nightmares for the changes.

Claiming that they overbooked reservations to overwhelm the staff; got customers to complain; put the team up to bugging Adele till she looked petty, just to hype up the show and make them look bad.

What happened to Adele from Flamangos?

As of 2022, Adele is living in Port Charlotte, Florida according to her Facebook page.

We’re not sure if she’s doing anything in the restaurant industry nowadays or is just enjoying retirement. Her occupation is only listed as the “former owner at Flamangos”.

Adele definitely generated some strong opinions from Kitchen Nightmares watchers (just read the comments on this post!), but we hope things are going well for her.


More Information

https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-junction-restaurant-and-bar-whitehouse-station




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31 thoughts on “Flamangos / The Junction Update – Kitchen Nightmares – Open or Closed?”

  1. FROM THE START ADELE HAD A PROVERBIAL BUG UP HER BUTT. SAD PART IS SHE’S THE ONE THAT CONTACTED GORDON RAMSAY IN THE FIRST PLACE. OBVIOUSLY HER WAY WASN’T WORKING AS HER RESTURANT WAS A TOTAL FLOP. WHO KNOWS MORE GORDON RAMSAY A MULTI MILLIONAIRE WITH MULTIPLE RESTURANTS COOKBOOKS, AND COOKING SHOWS OR THE UNGRATEFUL ADELE WHO THINKS SHE’S GODS GIFT TO THE RESTAURANT WORLD AND MANKIND. SHE HASN’T A CLUE AS TO WHAT PEOPLE LIKE AND WHAT TASTE IS. SHE’S STILL HOLDING ONTO SOMETHING FROM 30 YEARS AGO. SHE TALKED ABOUT WANTING TO THROW UP. 5 MINUTES IN THAT RESTAURANT THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE GORDON STEPPED IN AND TOOK IT FROM SHABBY TO SHIEK AND I’D HAVE THROWN UP. ADELE SHOULD’VE CALLED IT A WRAP WHEN THEY SOLD THEIR FIRST 4 DINERS AND RETIRED COMFORTABLY WHERE SHE COULD TRAVEL THE ISLANDS AS SHE SEEMS TO BE STUCK ON THEM . INSTEAD OF FORCING HER HUSBAND INTO THE FLAMANGO TRAIN WRECK BREAKING HIM FINANCIALLY AND THEN WORKING HIM HALF TO DEATH. SHE’S ONE OBNOXIOUS RUDE UNGRATEFUL B. SHE NEEDS TO MOVE TO HER OWN DESERTED ISLAND BY HERSELF AND OPEN HER OWN PERSONAL RESTAURANT COMPLETE WITH GAUDY DECORATIONS AND THE SAME NASTY FOOD THAT MADE HER A FAILURE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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    • If I so agree with you.
      Also, her daughter would never get a man, she is over the top. Who would be so brave? (OTT)

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  2. I have to admit, Adele is really a piece of work. Considering how much better it not only looks, but that it makes money now, she might at least show some appreciation for all the work and money Chef Ramsey put into it.

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  3. I’m watching a repeat now. Fear of change is one thing. Screwing her face up and repeatedly saying “It’s horrible – blahhhh” at Gordon’s cooking signed, sealed and delivered how strange Adele must be. The husband says she’s an 11 on the scale of a pain in the butt. That ‘tropical’ decor looked sloppy, and gave it a dirty look, even if it was clean. No wonder it’s closed. I feel sorry for the dad. He’s a saint.

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  4. It is normal human reaction to be sadistic to change but where the change is far more, rewarding, any negative reaction to it, is a sign of fear of the unknown!
    Adele is just afraid of change.
    However, the daughter Cheryl is the most gorgeous and extremely vivacious lady with such beauty because at 42 then, she looked in her 30s. Her beauty would make visit the restaurant every day!
    Men, she’s a stunner!

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    • We know you are trying to get into Cheryl’s pants but that does not mean ignoring the facts. She was treating everyone horribly, she was bad at customer service, was being mean to her husband, and literally felt like the devil. I know you are not supposed to judge people from a very editorialized TV show but she was one of the worst people I have ever seen on kitchen nightmares. Probably behind the crazy mob and psycho couple who refused to work with Gordon.

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  5. Omg just watch the repeat and it’s clear the obvious reason the restaurant failed was the owner. Very very sad. I’m sure at one point she was an upbeat, optimistic owner willing to cater to clientele but somewhere along way it’s obvious she lost it.

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  6. I watched a lot of Kitchen Nightmares when it came out and due to the covid-19 shelter in place situation, I’ve started re-watching from episode 1.

    This was the first episode (I’ve now seen about 20) where half way through I said to myself “This joint is gone.”

    Since I know the producers want to make every restaurant look like a disaster for the first half of the show, I always hold judgment ’til the end, then guess if they’re open or closed (May 2020) then look it up on sites like this. This one was easy. It was obvious to me she was going back to her wicked ways soon after Chef Gordon left. Her disdain for the new decor sealed it for me. I just hope that her hubby didn’t get screwed out of a comfortable retirement that he saved a lifetime for because of this nasty, nasty, close-minded lady.

    There’s 2 takeaways I’ve got from re-watching: First, it blows me away that you can serve three tables a night for 8 months, be several hundred thousand dollars in the hole, and then tell one of the greatest restaurateurs in the world that your food is amazing and your restaurant is awesome.

    Second, no matter what people say, you can really see that Chef Ramsey cares, and that he is a caring person. The nastiness, the insults, the bullying come from trying to get though to thick-headed people who have been gifted one week to turn around their sinkhole. Everyone is on a limited schedule.

    Maybe I’ve been bamboozled and it’s the producers who make sure it’s carefully edited to make him look good, but you do see warm and caring in Gordon’s eyes and the little aside comments (and hugs) that sneak in between the yelling.

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  7. Big mistake! Whoever kept saying they wanted that alligator should have snatched it and taken it home. That thing was awesome and I disturbed me to see it burn.

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  8. I expected that Adele would make changes to put her own mark on the restaurant rather than serve the people. She had that restaurant for herself and let me tell you she is really a piece of work! There’s no way that I believe those people all of them and the people in the restaurant were put up to say those things. Oh no, they were speaking from their hearts. She acts as if the customer is a problem. You can’t stay in any business very long acting like that. I fully expected her to put in her changes and for the place to close. It’s too bad all of those people without those jobs now the husband and the daughter don’t have the family business anymore what a disaster. Adele, you are to take the heart What went on in that show and not try to explain all the way is some sort of conspiracy against you.

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  9. You can pretty much guess which restaurants will close regardless of Ramsay’s intervention or not. This endeavor seemed half-hearted by Adele. IOW, she didn’t want to put up with much.

    Restaurant owners with passion stay on top of things. Adele was just a busy-body.

    What really seemed to be going on was that the old man was the key to past success and Adele probably thought she could do what he did and set up something for their overly-attended-to daughter who, while seemingly pleasant, clearly had little in the way of an adult responsibility life and would never be able to make the difficult day-to-day decisions of a restaurant owner.

    Hence, Adele overestimated her own abilities and grossly overestimated her daughter’s dependent personality which could never own and manage a restaurant therefore, Adele probably was forced (and by compulsion stemming from her domineering personality) to do a job she ultimately didn’t want to do.

    But there is also the consideration that Adele, having overestimated her own contribution to the past restaurants, was ego-driven to try and prove to the retired/unretired husband that she could run one but ended up needing him ALOT.

    The daughter might be somewhat attractive but you aren’t getting much more than a highly dependent personality there.

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  10. Would hate to be related to her; she’s arrogant, obnoxious and miserable.
    “Customers are liars” – people do have their own taste buds.
    Doesn’t like blue, but wore a blue jumper.
    Full of her own self-importance and needed to get a grip on reality.
    Restaurant would work better without her!!

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  11. Adele should have been sent home.
    Miserable old person. She was miserable young too. Her bad behavior SHE WAS NOT FOR THE PUBLIC.
    POOR HUSBAND.

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  12. Adelle was so toxic that there was no way the restaurant could succeed unless she was gone. The tropical kitcsch was appalling. Truly a kitchen nightmare.

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  13. Adele is appalling! She totally reminds me of my wicked paternal grandmother who I refused to see after elementary school. She would scream into my sweet grandfather’s ears daily. That poor business! That miserable old woman… my grandmother too.

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  14. Damn. Adele stuck in the 70’s.
    I made fun of her when i watched it with my wife and she laughed at me a lot. Adele could learn from it lol.
    That old bag shouldn’t run a restaurant. It doesn’t matter you don’t like it. As long the costumers like it and like the food. Now she sit behind the flowers in front the window, watching outside.
    Poor Gordon have to deal with a lot of stuff in this episode.

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