Gordon Ramsay sweeps house in Colorado, saving three restaurants from shuttering

April 11, 2014 Updated: April 11, 2014 at 7:50 am
photo - Mock Guacamole is a lighter version of the popular dip.

Photo by Teresa J. Farney
Mock Guacamole is a lighter version of the popular dip. Photo by Teresa J. Farney 

Gordon Ramsay, host of "Kitchen Nightmares," swept through Colorado with his production crew last summer in hopes of reviving failing restaurants. His reality television series is based on owners inviting the cheeky chef to their eatery for a week in an attempt to boost business. He worked his magic in three Colorado restaurants: The Old Neighborhood in Arvada, Pantaleone's in Denver and Mangia Mangia! Italian Cuisine in Woodland Park.

"I got so disgusted with my staff one night that I emailed Gordon and asked him to come kick some butt," Julie Watson said on my "KVOR Table Talk" radio show. "His staff got back to me right away. They had a ton of questions about my restaurant."

Ramsay spent a week last June at Watson's eatery redoing the place.

"We're making everything from scratch now," Watson said. "He worked over the look of our eatery. He improved the menu selection. Everything got fixed up."

Some of the staff stayed and some left. The bottom line, Watson was happy to get the help and support. You can catch the shows on Fox: Pantaleone's airs 8 p.m. Friday; Old Neighborhood airs 7 p.m. April 18; and Mangia Mangia's two-part, two-hour episode airs 7 p.m. April 25.

Wine and dine

Joseph's Fine Dining, 1606 S. 8th St., is open for business. While it's true that the eatery will move Aug. 1, it will be open through June 30. Joseph's Fine Dining is hosting a wine dinner at 7 p.m. April 30. For $69 per person, you will receive four courses paired with wine. Details: 630-3631, josephs dining.com.


- Willy's Emporium, 2403 W. Colorado Ave., has moved to a larger location 10 doors from the original store. With the bigger space, the owners have added a British Tea Room serving pots of tea, biscuits, cakes, hot crumpets and scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Details: 473-6659, willysemporium.com.

- Alice's: Food. Art. Coffee., 30 W. Dale St., has opened in the former Luma gift shop space offering a menu of sandwiches, salads, bakery goods and, of course, coffee. A refrigerated case has a few sandwiches and salads prepared by Summit Catering. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and evenings during theater performances. Details: 477-4350, csfineartscenter.org.

- Over Easy, A Daytime Eatery, 5262 N. Nevada Ave., is the second location for the popular breakfast and lunch eatery and is scheduled to open Monday. Details: 598-2969, overeasycolorado.com.

- Trivelli's Philadelphia Style Cheese Steaks and Hoagie has moved into a larger location at 2819 N. Nevada Ave., three doors north of its original location that opened in 1976. Details: 471-7733, trivellis.net.

- Bird Dog BBQ has added a third location at 4153 Centennial Blvd. Details: 268-6945, birddogbbq.com.

- Mi Sol Vallarta, 310 S. Academy Blvd., is a former 3 Margaritas spot. Details: 596-5414.


3 Margaritas, 6385 N. Academy Blvd.

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM include Michelle Marx, who with her daughter, Turu Eurich, owns Coquette's Bistro and Bakery; Steve Trivelli, owner of Trivelli's Philadelphia Style Cheese Steaks and Hoagies; Chuck Holcomb, who along with partners owns four Lucha Cantinas, the most recent of which opened in Colorado Springs at 23 S. Tejon St.; and the owners of Colorado Springs-based Lambert's Tofu Co., Adam Biddle and business partner Danny Eurich, who is also the executive chef at Coquette's Bistro and Bakery.


Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271, Twitter@tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney.

To watch a demonstration on making mock guacamole, scan the QR code with your mobile device or go to gazette.com.

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