Amy's Baking Company Owner Allegedly Threatened Customer With a Knife (VIDEO)

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Things have been quiet on the Crazy Amy front, but this weekend, the infamous couple exploded back onto the national scene in a big way.

According to a 911 call to the Scottsdale Police Department, Amy's Baking Company owner "Samy" Salomon Bouzaglo threatened a customer with a knife on Saturday afternoon.

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Market Street Kitchen at DC Ranch Names New Chef

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When Market Street Kitchen opened in 2012, the owners tapped two of the Valley's best known and well-loved chefs to helm the kitchen: James Beard Award-winner Robert McGrath as executive chef and Matt Taylor as chef du cuisine. It seemed like the prefect recipe for success until, less than a year later, McGrath stepped down to a consulting role, at which time Taylor took a leading role. Then, earlier this year, he too left the restaurant to join the team at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Now, more than six months later, the restaurant is ready to announce the name of its new chef. Market Street Kitchen will now be in the hands of chef Emilio Badalamenti.

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Proof Artisan Breads in Mesa Named A Finalist in Martha Stewart American Made Awards

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The Mesa micro-bakery comes courtesy of Jared Allen.
Every year the Martha Stewart American Made program recognizes a group of artisans and producers around the country for their work making well-designed, quality goods. Earlier this year a long list of nominees was announced, which was then broken down into a list of finalists.

Included in that list is Proof Artisan Bakery, a bakery in Mesa run by Le Cordon Bleu graduate Jared Allen. If selected as a winner, Allen will win $10,000 to grow his business as well as a chance to be featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine.

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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails Hires Sean Currid as New Executive Chef

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Sean Currid
The latest move in the never-ending game of musical chairs played by our well-loved Valley chefs has resulted in a new top dog (pun not intended) at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. As of this week, the downtown Phoenix restaurant located at the Hotel Palomar can call Sean Currid its executive chef.

Currid comes to the Kimpton-owned property from Sanctuary Resort and Spa, where he worked as executive catering chef with celebu-chef Beau MacMillan.

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Shine Coffee to Become Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee on Saturday, October 4

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Lauren Saria
The Bear Doughnut
Here's some big news for fans of Short Leash Hot Dog's sweet sister concept, Rollover Doughnuts: The food truck has a permanent home before its wheels have even hit the streets.

That's right, Rollover Doughnuts, the yet-to-be-revealed doughnut food truck from Brad and Kat Moore, is already making the move to brick-and-mortar. Shine Coffee owners Christiaan and Laryn Block have transferred ownership of their business to the Moores, who will use it to house an expanded version of their latest concept, Rollover Doughnuts + Coffee.

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Pittsburgh Willy's Dog House Will Not Be Opening in Downtown Chandler

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Lauren Saria
The Wild Willy from Pittsburgh Willy's
It's been over a year since Randy Walters, the man behind Pittsburgh Willy's, announced plans to open a freestanding hot dog-centric spot called Pittsburgh Willy's Dog House in downtown Chandler. Walters had every intention of opening at 159 West Commonwealth and has even been paying rent on the space since last October. Unfortunately as of this week, Walters says he is abandoning those plans -- at least for now.

"It just got to the point that it was financially draining me and exhausting me," Walters says. "We decided we're going to let that property go."

The good news is you'll be able to get your Pittsburgh Willy's fix shortly.

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The Pink Pony Hires Stephen K. Eldridge as New Executive Chef

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Most recently chef Eldridge was heading up the kitchen (and gardens) at Gertrude's.
Since re-launching under new ownership earlier this year, Pink Pony has had a bumpy ride. For those who don't remember, here's a quick recap: Scottsdale' oldest restaurant re-opened with a new look and menu under executive chef Donald Fawcett in March. By July, we learned Fawcett and his entire staff including the pastry chef and general manager had been fired -- which was probably a good thing because the food hadn't been very well-received.

Now it's fall and the restaurant is ready to name its new executive chef. The Pink Pony has hired Stephen K. Eldridge to take over the historical Scottsdale kitchen.

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California Appeals Court Affirms Yelp's Ability to Manipulate Reviews for Money

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The world of online reviews may have just gotten even more dangerous for business owners.
You'll be wanting to take that Yelp review with an extra grain of salt in light of a California court's ruling last week. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Yelp is allowed to manipulate users' reviews for money. As in, it's not illegal for Yelp to remove positive reviews if a business declines to advertise on the site.

In a blog, Yelp maintains that the company "has never done this and individuals making such claims are either misinformed, or more typically, have an axe to grind" -- but the ruling sets an undeniably scary precedent for small business owners whose livelihood can be significantly affected by online reviews.

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Bootleggers Modern American Kitchen Taps Stephen Jones as New Executive Chef

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Chef Stephen Jones, most recently of Blue Hound Kitchen in downtown Phoenix.
For a while now, Bootleggers Modern American Steakhouse has been a ship without a captain -- or at least, an official one. Several months ago, executive chef James Fox and the restaurant quietly parted ways.

Now owner Rick Phillips is ready to announce the restaurant's new culinary lead. And good news, it's a name local food lovers are likely to know: Stephen Jones. Jones left his gig as executive chef of Blue Hound Kitchen at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix in August; he'd been at that restaurant since it opened in 2012.


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Noca in Phoenix Closes Suddenly for "House Cleaning"

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Evie Carpenter
Hamchi Crudo from Noca's dinner service earlier this year.
Don't panic just yet.

According to a sign posted on the door, Noca is closed for "house cleaning." But the cryptic note doesn't give any details about when the restaurant will reopen -- if at all.

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