(keep reading to learn what happened)
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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 2022 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.
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