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Original Episode Air Date: February 2, 2010
Flamangos / The Junction Address: 157 Main St Whitehouse Station, New Jersey 08889
Flamangos, later renamed to The Junction, was a Whitehouse Station, New Jersey restaurant featured on season 3 of Kitchen Nightmares.
Though the The Junction Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in February 2010, the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay happened before that in the middle of 2009.
It was Season 3 Episode 2 of Kitchen Nightmares.
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).
In total, there are three Flamangos owners – Adele and Bill Csepi, along with their daughter Cheryl Csepi.
Gordon Ramsay gets down to work upon arriving and starts ordering food and scoping out the restaurant.
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…
There was 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!).
As part of this, he had a cathartic moment where he actually burned them in a huge bonfire while Adele looked on:
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.
Eventually, Adele came around to like the changes after she saw how happy the customers were.
So was the Flamangos Kitchen Nightmares episode a success? Keep reading our update to learn what happened next and if the restaurant is still open in 2023 and beyond.
Flamangos / The Junction Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Junction Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about what happened to the restaurant after Gordon Ramsay and his crew left Whitehouse Station New Jersey.
Gordon Ramsay revisits The Junction in Season 4
Things seemed to start off well for the restaurant.
In 2011, Gordon decided to make a follow-up visit to the Junction to see how things had progressed a year down the line.
This was episode 4 of Season 4, where he also revisited Mojito Cuban Cuisine in Brooklyn NY in and Bazzini in Ridgewood NJ.
When he revisited the restaurant, it seemed to be doing well and Adele was much nicer.
This vibes with a comment from a reader below, who says that they met Adele and she was actually very nice in person.
Adele had kept Gordon’s name for the restaurant – The Junction – and everything was looking up.
Here’s a video of the Flamangos Gordon Ramsay revisit – the The Junction part starts around 24:20:
The Junction Reviews after Kitchen Nightmares
While there weren’t a lot of reviews for the restaurant, they generally seemed pretty good as it had a 4 star rating on Yelp (though only on six reviews).
One reviewer even pointed out how nice Adele was:
The owners of the restaurant are extremely nice people. It is a daughter and her parents who own and run the restaurant.
We went on a week night when things were a little slow and felt as though I was having dinner with a family. What a nice bunch of people …
I really hope the restaurant continues to do well because they couldn’t have made us feel more welcome.
Here’s another 5 star review from Yelp:
I don’t understand what the first guy is looking for. When we heard Gordon Ramsay had come to change the old Flamangos, we had to give The Junction a try.
Afterward, my family and I overate since the food was that good! We left with overly full bellies. The 3 Cheese Mac-and-Cheese bake is to die for. It’s a perfect balance of cheese, while onions and ham only add to the flavor and it was surprisingly light.
My dad’s prime rib was cooked perfectly as well as my brother’s burger. My mom’s chicken was also very good. Didn’t have a lot of room for dessert but we had to try the red velvet cake and the chocolate lava cake which were also very good!
The service was up to par with the food and was everything you would want from a restaurant staff. The atmosphere was right up there too. Will definitely be going back!
Sadly, the good times would not last very long…
Is Flamangos / The Junction still open?
Flamangos / The Junction closed in April 2011, which was around 14 months after The Junction Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on TV and a little under two years after the actual visit from Gordon Ramsay.
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.
As of 2022, the old The Junction New Jersey location in Whitehouse Station is occupied by a new restaurant named The Rail At Readington, which is a family-style restaurant that has average reviews.
Before The Rail At Readington moved into the old Flamangos New Jersey location, it was also briefly occupied by a restaurant named Big Giant Food Basket.
What happened to Adele from Flamangos?
After the Junction closed, Adele and Bill retired to Florida.
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.
Remember that the Kitchen Nightmares producers can take a lot of liberties in how they present a person, so she might be nicer than she seemed on the episode.
What happened to Cheryl Csepi from Flamangos?
Cheryl Csepi was the daughter of Bill and Adele and one of the Flamangos owners.
Since The Junction closed, she’s had a few jobs working as an interior designer.
As of 2022, she’s a Sales Specialist at Creative Displays & Designs in New Jersey.
You can see what she’s up to on her LinkedIn page.
Final Thoughts on Flamangos / The Junction
Overall, the Flamangos Kitchen Nightmares episode generated a lot of strong opinions because of how Adele was presented.
After the visit from Gordon Ramsay, the Csepis stuck with his new name of The Junction.
Gordon revisited the restaurant a year later and it seemed to be doing well.
Sadly, it closed shortly after that.
After Flamangos closed, Bill and Adele retired to Florida while Cheryl is working as an interior designer in New Jersey.
If you want to see some other New Jersey Kitchen Nightmares episodes, you can check out these posts:
- Hannah and Mason’s update (Cranbury, NJ)
- Campania update (Fair Lawn, NJ)
- Mike and Nellie’s update (Oakhurst, NJ)
- Blackberry’s update (Plainfield, NJ)
- Spanish Pavillion update (Harrison, NJ)
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Last updated: 2022-10-09 08:33
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Glad it’s closed, I felt like reaching into my t.v and throttlein the old hag
I also wanted to strangle the old bag. She HATED blue but constantly wore blue tops.
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.
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)
ME. I think she’s hot!
Totally agree. Hummina hummina!
Didn’t like the way Cheryl threatened chef with his job cos he laughed at Gordon throwing out all the furniture
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.
Too selfish to appreciate anything.
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.
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!
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.
fancied cheyl.. whats she doing now.. xx
What’s Cheryl doing? I sure wish she were with me!
A woman who still lives with her parents at that age?! Red flag .
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.
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.
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.
Just like the owner you need to move on 🤷🏾♂️
Found Adele, guys
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.
It’s fiction !
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.
Adele was a straight up bench. Ungrateful miserable woman. That’s it.
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!!
Adele should have been sent home.
Miserable old person. She was miserable young too. Her bad behavior SHE WAS NOT FOR THE PUBLIC.
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.
How in the world is this getting comments at this time?
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.
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.
I guess Adele won’t be saying “Hello” to anyone anytime soon!
I found out what Cheryl is doing now. According to her LinkedIn page she is now working as an Interior Decorator.
Here’s the link:
Thanks for sharing!
Hey what happened to her daughter and bill her husband
I’m not sure about that. Sorry!
Adele and Bill actually moved to my home town a few years ago and their daughter still lives in NJ. They`re both doing well and are frequently out on the water. She`s definitely not anywhere near as bad as the show, she does have her moments, just like everyone, but definitely is not as vile as portrayed.
Adele and her husband have lived in my hometown for several years now and frequented my job for awhile. Her husband is absolutely precious, however, while Adele may seem like a petty b*tch in the show, she`s not completely horrible in real life lol. However, I will say that she has her moments, just like everyone. I`m sure after getting rid of the restaurant and moving to Fl to retire, she`s chilled her out a lot though.
Thanks for sharing! It’s always good to remember that these are reality shows and the producers can make people look as bad as they want. I’m sure some owners are legit bad people, but a lot of regular people can also end up looking bad because of how the producers edit things.
Adele was truly the only nightmare in this case. She was in charge of the décor and the menu, both which weren’t working. Her kitchen and her staff were so willing to embrace this change and did a wonderful job with the changes.
But Adele having the AUDACITY to claim that Chef Ramsay tried to make them look bad on purpose and say that all the changes he made were bad is absurd. No wonder they closed down. I hope all the cooks and the staff are doing well right now working at places that respect them.
Make her look bad? Don’t you know people judge by what they see ??
Seriously, and I thought this when the episode first aired, Flamangos is the dumbest name ever.
Did they ever hear the dish sh#$ on a shingle? I mean come on . They served food on a terracotta roof shingle and according to Gordon it was sh#$ so maybe it was apropos after all. I think if you owned a restaurant you’d want to stay away from things like that.