The Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant temporarily shut its doors last week to prepare for a grand re-opening on May 21, partly as a way to put an end to wave after wave of what the owners see as unfair criticism.
"The job fair went very well," restaurant spokesman Mike Scerbo told The Huffington Post via email on Monday. "[We had] lots of applicants. We are about halfway to our goal."
Some job-seekers may have been put off by the restaurant's colorful history.
The May 10 episode of Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" revealed that the owners had pocketed tips meant for wait staff and had fired more than 100 employees. Following the airing of the episode, a boatload of vicious comments were posted by the restaurant's Facebook page, blasting online critics. Here's one of those posts:
The angry messages quickly went viral. But co-owner Amy Bouzaglo, speaking to area news outlet ABC 15, denied that she and her husband, co-owner Samy Bouzaglo, had written the posts. Instead, she insisted the restaurant's social media accounts had been hacked.
Police are investigating the alleged hacking.
"We are very upset by what has taken place, apologize about the acrimony that has ensued but now must fight back to save our business," Samy Bouzaglo wrote last week in a Facebook post announcing the re-opening. "We hope and believe much good can result from what has transpired. We ask the public to keep an open mind as we begin to tell our side of the story."