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Did Gordon Ramsay drive Colorado restaurant owners to make drastic changes after 'Kitchen Nightmares?'

April 8, 2014 Updated: April 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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photo - A sign at the Country Lodge in Woodland Park welcomed the film crew from the "Kitchen Nightmares" show on Monday, August 5, 2013. Chef Gordon Ramsey filmed his reality show at the Woodland Park restaurant, "Mangia, Mangia". (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette file)
A sign at the Country Lodge in Woodland Park welcomed the film crew from the "Kitchen Nightmares" show on Monday, August 5, 2013. Chef Gordon Ramsey filmed his reality show at the Woodland Park restaurant, "Mangia, Mangia". (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette file) 

Gordon Ramsay came to Colorado. He growled at restaurateurs.

Now the results of the host of Fox television's "Kitchen Nightmares" season six is scheduled for airing. You can see if Ramsay's grumbling actually rejuvenated the struggling eateries with all the behind-the-scenes drama.

Locals Julie Watson and Dan Alfrey opened Mangia Mangia in a former Woodland Park Arby's building in 2009, serving homemade spaghetti, veal marsala, fettuccine Alfredo, lasagna and other dishes and urging diners to take a cue from its name: Italian for "Eat Eat."

Locals had mixed reviews last August, around the same time Ramsay visited Mangia Mangia.

"It's not that bad. I think it's interesting that it's at a level where he needs to come in and fix it," said Logan Ruths, who was taking a lunch break from band camp at Woodland Park High School with a few friends.

"It kind of worries me about what goes on in the back of the restaurant," said John Ducey, another student.

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Here's the show schedule 6 to 8 p.m. on Fox.

Friday, April 11 - Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, AZ and Pantaleone's in Denver.

Friday, April 18 - Old Neighborhood restaurant in Denver and Kati Allo, a Greek restaurant in Queens, NY.

Friday, April 25 - Mangia Mangia Italian Cuisine in Woodland Park.

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