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‘Kitchen Nightmares’ episode featuring El Greco airs Friday

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The long-awaited episode of Fox TV’s “Kitchen Nightmares” spotlighting Austin’s now-shuttered El Greco restaurant is set to air Friday, Jan. 20.

According to a description of the episode posted online, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay came to Austin to give the Greek restaurant “a much-needed update that would still maintain family-held traditions.”

“Dismayed by the careless treatment of traditional Greek cuisine and sub-par service,” the episode recap says, “Chef Ramsay must intervene before the restaurant owners are forced to shut El Greco’s doors for good. Find out if Chef Ramsay’s advice and guidance will be enough to keep this establishment open.”

Apparently, Ramsay’s advice and guidance didn’t save El Greco. The restaurant, which is at 3016 Guadalupe St. near the University of Texas, has been shut down since mid-December.

Ramsay and the “Kitchen Nightmares” crew visited El Greco in late August and early September. The folks at El Greco had expected their “Kitchen Nightmares” episode to be broadcast in October.

In a posting on Facebook, Whitney Fields of Austin wrote: “Poor El Greco. Kitchen Nightmares ruined this local restaurant. Please reopen with your original menu – we all miss the fabulous food and family recipes.”

Chef Jake Konstantinidis opened El Greco in December 2007.