Amy's Baking Company has had a rough go recently, and it may yet get worse: Sami Bouzaglo, one of the restaurant's owners, may be facing deportation.
According to a report in The Arizona Republic, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are investigating Bouzaglo, an Israeli citizen, regarding time he spent in prison prior to his immigrating to the United States. Bouzaglo's immigration lawyer did not disclose details of the case to the Republic, but the paper, citing a "high-ranking law enforcement source," reports that Bouzaglo's international record hints at involvement in "drug distribution, threats, and extortion."
The Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant originally soared to infamous heights after a disastrous "Kitchen Nightmares" episode appeared to trigger a self-destruct sequence on the company's Facebook page. Owners Sami Bouzaglo and his wife, Amy, later stated the bizarre, profane posts ("You people are all s**t," "I AM NOT STUPID ALL OF YOU ARE," among others) were the work of a hacker.
More recently, the restaurant's PR firm, Rose+Moser+Allyn, which was hired specifically to manage the resulting storm of negative publicity, quit. Company spokesman Jason Rose diplomatically explained to Fox News, "It's fair to say, that while we were in agreement on some approaches, there was disagreement on others."
The report of Bouzaglo's deportation hearings comes less than a day after Amy's Baking Company marked its "grand reopening."
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