Fashionable Denver restaurant proprietor Patrick Mangold-White dies aged 53 – The Denver Submit
Colorado restaurateur Patrick Mangold-White, 53, died on July 7th when he was hit by a fallen tree while on a fishing trip in Philipsburg, Mont.
Mangold-White owned the Uno Mas Taqueria y Cantina, Bird American Comfort Food, Kaos Pizzeria, and Mas Kaos Pizzeria + Taqueria restaurants in Denver and Fort Collins.
He leaves his wife Lisa, daughter Zoe Makela, son-in-law Nik Makela and many in the local restaurant and wine industry who also considered him family.
“He just had so many people to take into his family,” said Zoe Makela. “Actually, his whole thing for his business model was hiring college kids and letting them stay for as long as needed … He was the type of boss who paid (employees) to go to Mexico for tequila tastings, or the restaurant at Water World closed for a day, ”she laughed.
“He was just a love for a guy, just always positive,” agreed friend and fellow restaurant owner Goose Sorensen. “His laugh was that big, loud, booming laugh. He wasn’t presumptuous and was always there to help people. “
“Anyone would be joking that you could hear him (laughs) from all over the corridor of Pearl Street,” added Makela.
Mangold-White was known for his previous career in wine distribution, for his first restaurant, Gaia; and for his permanent grocery stores in the neighborhood on South Pearl Street, Tennyson Street, 6th Avenue, and Fort Collins, where he and Lisa had recently moved to make room for the Hawks.
He kept two of them at home in an outdoor stable and told his daughter that he wanted to move where he could go outside and she could fly freely. Over the years, Mangold-White introduced many people to the sport of falconry in his environment. He also worked as a fly fishing guide and spent much of his free time on the water.
“What he loved was his hunting birds, his wife and daughter, and the fishing,” said Sorensen. “He’s been through a lot of BS with his restaurants but always found a way.”
“He loved every ounce of (restaurants),” added Makela. “If there was a love-hate relationship, it was likely that he could no longer give his employees …”
For now, her family has been telling the restaurant staff, “If they feel like they need to close (temporarily), they are welcome,” Makela said. Mangold-White was still very present in the restaurants.
And now his family has started a fundraising page to handle all related expenses, some particularly unexpected: “To add to the tragedy of Patrick Mangold-White’s death during his annual camping trip, we learned that his life insurance” was forfeited at the time of the accident, ”they explained on the GoFundMe page.
“It was very much like my father to die when his life insurance expired by a day,” added Makela.
She publicly posted on Facebook about her father’s death on July 8th and wrote, “My father was always terrified 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. “
Details on Mangold-White’s memorial and “Life Party” will be announced before the end of the month, and Makela says she should check the restaurants’ social media feeds for announcements and updates.
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