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Bayside restaurant to appear on Fox’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Friday

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A Bayside restaurant is set to wake up from its nightmare of failing.

Kati Allo restaurant, on 172nd Street, will be in the Friday season premiere of “Kitchen Nightmares,” a hit reality television show on Fox featuring chef Gordon Ramsay.

In “Kitchen Nightmares,” Ramsay, who is prone to foul language, visits restaurants around the country to identify and diagnose problems to help turn them around.

According to a preview clip of the episode, the Greek restaurant, opened by husband and wife Emmanuel and Christine Zavolas in 2000, is failing, which is threatening the couple’s marriage.

“Kati Allo in Queens, New York, was really a difficult situation. It was a husband and wife, whose marriage was completely being destroyed by the restaurant,” Arthur Smith, the show’s executive producer, said in the preview clip. “In this episode the one thing to note is that it is the greatest reaction we’ve ever had to a reveal.”

The preview hints that Ramsay’s solutions for the restaurant were favorable by the couple.

“I’m so excited, I’m so happy,” said Christine, who is the executive chef. “My passion came back.”

Kati Allo’s website now boasts: “Our new menu is created by the world famous chef Gordon Ramsay!”

To check out the episode, tune to Fox at 8 p.m tonight.



Reality show ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ coming to Bayside eatery

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It might be a nightmare for Gordon Ramsay, but it’s a dream come true for one Queens restaurant and diners in the borough.

“Kitchen Nightmares,” a hit reality television show on Fox, is kicking off its sixth season with its first production shoot at Kati Allo in Bayside.

Internationally renowned chef Ramsay and his team will film in the Greek eatery at 29-06 172nd Street July 13-16.

Producers are looking for diners over 18 years old to sit in while the show is recording.

Those interested should email knqueensrest@gmail.com. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants will be asked to complete a thorough survey detailing how frequent they dine at Greek or Mediterranean restaurants in Queens and what style restaurant and qualities they look for in an eatery.

In “Kitchen Nightmares,” a no-nonsense Ramsay, who is prone to foul language, has one week to revive failing restaurants.

Kati Allo, which means “something else” in Greek, has been owned by husband and wife Emmanuel and Christine Zavolas for 14 years. They said they could not comment before the episode airs.

A spokesperson for the show said a date has not been set for the broadcast.

Donald Gardner, a local who patronizes the restaurant twice a week, said the ambiance and service could improve. He added that the young wait staff is somewhat error-prone, while “delivery guys hang out in the front all the time.”

“I’ve never seen it crowded in there at all,” he said. “But this area isn’t the bevy of hot restaurants.”

This is Ramsay’s second visit to Queens with the show and his fifth in New York City, officials said.

PJ’s Steakhouse in Forest Hills appeared on “Kitchen Nightmares” in February 2011, but the restaurant ultimately closed down.

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