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Original Episode Air Date: February 2, 2010
Flamangos / The Junction Address: 157 Main St Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08889
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 2021, 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.
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Last updated: 2021-11-23 07:12