Amy's Baking Company Grand Re-Opening Event in Scottsdale, 5/21/13 (Video)
|Leftovers of a meatball pizza and panini from Amy's Baking Company|
Through the tinted restaurant windows and line of security guards, guests could be seen enjoying their meals in the partially full restaurant as Samy Bouzaglo smiled and conversed -- even posed for photos -- with guests.
Rick Potts and Sheryl Hugill were some of the first people seated for the dinner service and had nothing but good things to say when they left the restaurant about 90 minutes later.
"I can't complain," said Potts, who also live-tweeted the experience. "The food was awesome."
The couple said they ate the meatball pizza, a panini, and the hummus appetizer, all of which they enjoyed. Though they said the servers were obviously nervous, their experience was good and Samy was "obviously working the room."
They said they asked to meet Amy, but were told she was too busy to leave the kitchen.
"I 100 percent think it's a publicity stunt," Potts said of the whole fiasco. "And it's working."
"I wanted it to be crazy," he added. But also said that for about $30 a couple, he would definitely come back to Amy's Baking Company.
Other Amy-watchers, those with no reservations but plenty of curiosity, passed the hours speculating about whether guests were really family members and friends, personally invited by the Bouzaglos.
Pass the popcorn -- there's no way this show is over yet.