Denver restaurateur Patrick Mangold-White killed in an accident whereas on a fishing journey
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Denver restaurateur Patrick Mangold-White, 53, died on July 7 after being hit by a tree on a fishing trip near Philipsburg, Montana. Mangold-White was known for his great personality and his even bigger heart. As the owner of the Kaos Pizzeria Uno Mas and Bird on South Pearl Street in the Platt Park neighborhood, as well as a second Uno Mas on Sixth Avenue and Mas Kaos on Tennyson Street, Mangold-White was an important part of the local hospitality.
“He’s been a wine salesman for years, working with so many of the trendy fine-dining restaurants, and he’s also spent time traveling around Europe and developing this really sophisticated palate,” says Richard “Little Rich” Schneider, whose Raquelitas family owns tortillas. “His culinary knowledge was second to none.”
Schneider met Mangold-White when he came to him with an idea for a taco restaurant. “Back then, everyone wanted to be the next tacos tequila whiskey, but Patrick made the idea his own,” Schneider recalls. “He wanted to use local ingredients and make tacos that were inspired by all the places he’d been.”
Patrick Mangold-White was a restaurant owner, falconer and much more.
Courtesy Kaos Pizzeria Facebook
And Mangold-White did just that and opened the Uno Mas in 2013. He had previously opened the Kaos Pizzeria and the Gaia Bistro (now closed) in South Pearl. “He was someone who rose in the restaurant business and eventually owned his own restaurants,” says longtime Denver restaurant advisor John Imbergamo. “That’s what the industry is about.” Mangold-White had worked for Imbergamo as a pizza maker and later General Manager at Cucina Leone, an upscale gourmet restaurant and café that decades ago mainly served take-away in the Bonnie Brae district.
“I last saw him last summer after the consequences of COVID,” says Schneider. “[Uno Mas] was one of my first stops. I went up there and we just had so much fun. Patrick brought out tacos and talked about what each meant to him. It was really a celebration of his work. “
They also spoke hawks. Mangold-White was not only a restaurant owner, cook, sommelier and fisherman, but also a falconer. “I joked that training falcons really had to help him train restaurant staff,” Schneider recalls.
Business partner Will Silva shared some of his memories of Mangold-White on Facebook: “I heard from Pat before I met him – stories about a restaurant owner who treated his staff well and took them on annual trips to Mexico and dogs and loved fly fishing . Who loved his wife and daughter. I became his business partner because I saw something that I saw in very few – a passion for doing business, how we should live our lives – with an eagerness for others and a desire to enjoy the process. Thank you, Pat, for the laugh, the great conversations and your friendship. To a well-managed life. I’ll miss you buddy. “
In a public Facebook post on July 8th, Mangold-White’s daughter Zoe shared the sad news:
I still can’t believe it to be honest, but yesterday my father passed away unexpectedly on his annual fishing trip.
My father had such a large family, both blood relatives and people who considered him a member of their own family. So many people will miss him. He was my hunting partner, my guide, the person I went to with things I couldn’t go to any other ….
My father was always very afraid of hospitals. He said he didn’t want to die in a bed, and if he could choose one way to die it would be on the river. That’s what makes me smile right now. I love you dad
A post by Kaos Pizzeria and Mangold-White’s other establishments said that each one will be closed on July 9th “to support all those who have lost such a wonderful, loved one”.
Whether in one of his restaurants or elsewhere, we should all raise a glass to Patrick Mangold-White, a popular member of the restaurant community and, moreover, gone way too early.
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Molly Martin is Westword’s Food & Drink Editor. She has been writing about the Denver dining scene since 2013 and has been eating her way around town long before that. She enjoys long walks to the nearest burrito place and spends nights sipping cocktails on Colfax.