Can Mill Street Bistro owner survive round two on "Kitchen Nightmares'?

Joe Nagy takes a beating on the Fox TV show.
Joe Centers
Mar 5, 2013

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an excerpt of Joe Centers' column, which was published in Tuesday's Reflector.

The late, great former Norwalk mayor Louis Frey was a very colorful man who liked to say what was on his mind.

He really didn’t care too much what people said about him or what was written about him. He used to like to say something like this: “I don’t care what you write, but make sure you put it on the front page and spell my name right.”

A lot of people think front-page news is all that matters when you are in the promotion business. And Louis Frey liked to promote what he called the “finest damn little city in Ohio.”

Norwalk is on the big stage right now as the Mill Street Bistro is being featured in a two-part series on Fox’s “Kitchen Nightmares.”

If last Friday’s first part is any indication, this could be another long week for owner Joe Nagy and the restaurant. The second part airs at 8 p.m. Friday on Fox.

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Comments

Swamp Fox

Michael your constant comment about Wendys, at least they use NEVER FROZEN beef unlike what Mill Street passes off as fresh.

DiamondGirl

( just pasted this comment from " 1 smart cookie" from the last blog thought it was interesting and wanted to share ) Arvy who owns Catering by design also worked with Joe at Sysco ( where Joe worked previously ) and he is an AMAZING CHEF. His business is thriving and comes from the same background and lives in the same area as Mr Nagy. Want to know Joe's previous reputation, how his peers viewed his attitude or how he treated his co-workers at Sysco ? Ask Arvy !!! Good or bad I don't know but he's a stand up guy and I bet he would tell you the truth.

DiamondGirl

I also know Arvy personally and 1 smart cookie is RIGHT he is a GREAT CHEF and his food is wonderful.

Michael Saviador

Hey Doc, yeah its hard to appreciate sometimes comments strewn about regarding someone everyone loves to hate. But to An American, That bigger fella Tommy is a breakfast cook at Berardi's, that girl Kayleigh was going to quit the week before but left as soon as Fox did, that Jen girl i believe just got arrested again but did leave as soon as Fox did. Im not saying that Fox is a fraud, I'm saying that Gordon is because he has more lawsuits against him out the wazzoo and almost half the buisness's he "saves" go under within a year. He's driven people to commit suicide and that's pretty sad for someone who likes to "help" people.

JN

Well to clear things up just a bit..Mike I believe is himself, he was the dishwasher that you can plainly see in the show wearing the bow tie. (How many times did Joe scream at you to take that "stupid god damn bow tie off?") And how long did you work for Joe before you were fired for your substance abuse habit? Then came back right before the airing of the show? And for all to know...everyone that is no longer working there was fired. Joe heard parts of interviews, and here say from Mr. Mike here (who was his personal brown nosing puppet the entire time)Kaleigh was treated awful by Joe from day one. The things he said to her would make you want to choke him. You should know this Mike, you were treated the exact same way, were you not? Jen was fired too..arrested? funny you cant find that anywhere in the paper form this summer. Joe told her that with her being pregnant he couldn't afford for her to take any time off the way the other pregnant waitress did. Then proceeded to tell her that when business picks up after she haves her baby, he would love for her to come back. Tommy, well Tommy had enough! Joe had a very gifted staff underneath him. No one threw him under the bus..the truth was told and if he didn't like it then he shouldn't have signed up for the show in the first place! Oh wait, that's right...he told everyone KN was revamping their show around him, that his restaurant and food were so damn good that they were doing a separate show just for him..And from your inside source, NO Joe is the exact same, treating people the exact same and still cutting many corners with his food to spend as little, and gain as much as he can from the community!!!

1smartcookie

if this guy is such a terrible person why did Joe ask him to come and save his business ?

Michael Saviador

And Doc if it takes me making a fool of myself AGAIN, AGAIN & AGAIN to tell what actually took place, then I have no problem doing that obviously.

arnmcrmn

So you are Joe then?

Estrella Damm

Obviously since you lied in the previous article about no locals and Fox paying for the meals.

truckin

This Mike GUY.. is still a burger flipper either way you look at it.. Sure he can slice some vege's quickly but the pedestal he places himself on is unbelievable. Maybe puts a garnish on sandwich people don't really eat, swirl a dash of mayo.. A sandwich joint is a sandwich joint. I can go to Philly and get a super sandwich. And don't forget that Hector cook at Outback is like GREAT. Steak NEVER comes out wrong.. I never could understand the sissy way people put food on a plate, limit the portion, garnish it with a strip or 2 of asparagus and call it fancy?.. Give me an Outback steak and a scoop of stone cold. Does life get any better..??

tomozz66

Well, the truth of it is Joe/Michael fired or was going to fire the people mentioned in the above rant. Only because they stood up to him or he didn't like them or in my case, were completely embarrassed to be serving up the crap frozen food he calls fine dining. I never worked in a place where the owner was such a complete moron in all of my life! How many fine dining restaurants tell their employees to change the dates on all the out dated food every Tuesday just in case the health department comes in? How many tell their employees to just wash off that steak that smells bad and re-wrap it and put it back? That's just a few things that Joe/ Michael considers fine food, it's no wonder some people have complained about feeling ill after eating there. Ramsey was right about one thing, Joe/Michael is a complete fraud, and he will never change and is a total fool. Someone should tell the health department to make sure they visit early on a Tuesday sometime! Fox is not the fraud here, they just made a show, we know who the real fake is here! And by the way, I'm happy working where I am now, because they know how to treat their employees without being a complete psychopath or bi-polar or whatever dysfunction it is that Joe/Michael has!

Sarrak

I think the graphitti on the bathroom wall at the jail says it all: "Flush twice - its a long way to mill street".

MALIBUFORME

I am looking forward to seeing this weeks show! Nice to see some Karma hitting Joe/Mike (or whatever you will call yourself today) in the head like he deserves! Too bad he has to try to make others look bad by his lies tho.

Now The Rest of...

Mike or Joe whatever you are going by, check the bank balances of Joe & Chef Ramsey and then decide who is the success.

As far as the restaurants he helped going out of business they were already in deep trouble, that's the reason they called, that along with 80% of all new non franchise restaurant going out of business within the first 3 years does explain a lot. Why don't you go to the bistro and enjoy some nice FROZEN "fresh catch of the day or within the past 3 years".

Michael Saviador

My name is Mike, im not Joe...i do however have a funny bit for you all who revel in this site...wait for the link that im uploading here ina couple hours. Apparently someone's restraunt is closing. Ill give you a dollar if you can guess who's restraunt is closing.

Now The Rest of...

Mike no matter who's restaurant is closing the Mill Street will follow within the year unless Joe changes. Who is laughing, my guess is Ramsey all the way to the bank with what Fox pays him, can Joe say the same?

I hope I am not scoping you but if its a Chef Ramsey restaurant that is closing, the guy earns $225,000 per episode from Fox and his net worth is at $50 million, guess he can afford a few financial bumps, can the owner of Mill Street?

DiamondGirl

Michael.. shame on you for being excited that ANYONE'S restaurant is closing. Why on earth would you be happy that someone's dreams are failing ? Whay are so many people excited in others misery ? It's a sad sad world we live in !!

JN

Well to clear things up just a bit..Mike I believe is himself, he was the dishwasher that you can plainly see in the show wearing the bow tie. (How many times did Joe scream at you to take that "stupid god damn bow tie off?") And how long did you work for Joe before you were fired for your substance abuse habit? Then came back right before the airing of the show? And for all to know...everyone that is no longer working there was fired. Joe heard parts of interviews, and here say from Mr. Mike here (who was his personal brown nosing puppet the entire time)Kaleigh was treated awful by Joe from day one. The things he said to her would make you want to choke him. You should know this Mike, you were treated the exact same way, were you not? Jen was fired too..arrested? funny you cant find that anywhere in the paper form this summer. Joe told her that with her being pregnant he couldn't afford for her to take any time off the way the other pregnant waitress did. Then proceeded to tell her that when business picks up after she haves her baby, he would love for her to come back. Tommy, well Tommy had enough! Joe had a very gifted staff underneath him. No one threw him under the bus..the truth was told and if he didn't like it then he shouldn't have signed up for the show in the first place! Oh wait, that's right...he told everyone KN was revamping their show around him, that his restaurant and food were so damn good that they were doing a separate show just for him..And from your inside source, NO Joe is the exact same, treating people the exact same and still cutting many corners with his food to spend as little, and gain as much as he can from the community!!!

MALIBUFORME

@JN, thanks for clearing some things up for us......

WASP71

Ok...Mike it is then. You are trying way to hard to stand up for someone who is not family...but if your that ingnorant, so be it. Now, I will give you a bit of business sense since you obviously have none. Let's say you have 1 restaurant and that one doesn't do well. Your pretty much dead in the water. So with that 1 restaurant you do everything you can to make it work. That does not include anything you and Joe are doing by the way. He has failed. You have failed. Get over it and move on. Now, let's say you have 10 restaurant, like, let's say, Chef Ramsey. If you have 9 doing well and 1 not doing well, you did not per say fail. You have made a bad decisiion on location, managers, etc. So you close that 1 bad one and you put that into the other 9 to keep building them up. Now if you don't believe me or you want to say I'm a fool or whatever, I want you to look at ALL the million/billionares. Donald Trump, Bill Gates, hell- Ozzy Osbourne for that matter. They will close up the deadbeats and keep going. So if you are dumb enough to show us that MILLIONARE Chef Ramsey has closed something up, then you really are not bright at all and should stay as Joe's sidekick because that is all you will ever be worth. Now, off to Wendy's I go- because they close the crappy ones and keep the good ones. DUH...

Kottage Kat

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Kottage Kat

Just ate at the CHEAP EATS CAFE
My house
homemade scalloped Ham and taters
from scratch
Veggies
Bread and butter
Waitress treated very well
Tips not so great
Food is fresh 2 fork
ambiance rustic
Prices are good
Who needs Joe

DiamondGirl

oh good lord .. taters.. talk about hillbilly Kat you scream redneck

Estrella Damm

You get that from IGA on Monday?

WASP71

Ok...Mike it is then. You are trying way to hard to stand up for someone who is not family...but if your that ignorant, so be it. Now, I will give you a bit of business sense since you obviously have none. Let's say you have 1 restaurant and that one doesn't do well. Your pretty much dead in the water. So with that 1 restaurant you do everything you can to make it work. That does not include anything you and Joe are doing by the way. He has failed. You have failed. Get over it and move on. Now, let's say you have 10 restaurants, like, let's say, Chef Ramsey. If you have 9 doing well and 1 not doing well, you did not per say fail. You have made a bad decision on location, managers, etc. So you close that 1 bad one and you put that into the other 9 to keep building them up. Now if you don't believe me or you want to say I'm a fool or whatever, I want you to look at ALL the million/billionares. Donald Trump, Bill Gates, hell- Ozzy Osbourne for that matter. They will close up the deadbeats and keep going. So if you are dumb enough to show us that MILLIONARE Chef Ramsey has closed something up, then you really are not bright at all and should stay as Joe's sidekick because that is all you will ever be worth. Now, off to Wendy's I go- because they close the crappy ones and keep the good ones. DUH...

doc5798a

All this talk of food has me hungry for Italian, Sortinos tonight!

DiamondGirl

GREAT idea doc !!!

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