A Scottsdale, Arizona, restaurateur whose very public meltdown in the aftermath of a now-infamous appearance on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares nearly ran him out of business can now add "possible deportation" to his mounting list of troubles.
Samy Bouzaglo, co-owner of Amy's Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro with his equally askew wife Amy, is apparently mired in ongoing "immigration court proceedings" that could result in his expulsion from the country.
Though his lawyer David Asser has refused to comment on the case, AZ Central reports that Bouzaglo, a Moroccan-born Israeli citizen, has apparently been less than forthcoming about divulging drug distribution and extortion charges that landed him in prison prior to his arrival in the US 13 years ago.
Bouzaglo is also banned from entering France and Germany.
The Arizona Republic reached out to Bouzaglo for comment, but he balked at the paper's request to talk specifics.
"We both made mistakes in the past. We have done our time," Amy chimed in.
She served a year-long prison sentence in 2008.
That's because a planned press conference was canceled at the last minute after the Bouzaglos received a letter from Kitchen Nightmares' production company warning them not to badmouth the show or host Gordon Ramsay.
"You could tell she was somewhat shocked at that happening," the Redditor wrote.
UPDATE: This was the scene outside Amy's during Day One of the Grand Reopening (via Consumerist). Security guards were reportedly hired to prevent diners without reservations from entering the restaurant.