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Chef Ramsay heads to Arvada, CO, where owners Alexa and Randy are desperately calling on him to help restore their 25-year-old restaurant, the Old Neighborhood. Alexa and Randy have so much pride in their family-run establishment, which is why Chef Ramsay is shocked to find the food and conditions are not up to par and mounts one of the biggest transformations in the series history. Then, Chef Ramsay heads to Queens, NY, in hopes of restoring Kati Allo, a Greek restaurant run by husband-and-wife team Manny and Christine. Ramsay is surprised when he finds Kati Allo isn't the only thing in jeopardy - quickly seeing that the couple's marriage and family life with daughter Evelyn are suffering, as well. Can Chef Ramsay help these two couples?

Episode Title: Old Neighborhood
Airs: 2014-04-18 at 09:00 pm
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