Ron Cito, owner of Patsy’s Inn, has died

Ron Cito, owner of the beloved and recently closed Patsy’s Inn, died on Feb. 11 at the age of 81.

Ron Cito, owner of the beloved and recently closed Patsy’s Inn, died on Feb. 11 at the age of 81, Westword reports.

The life-long Denver resident — who once tried out for the Broncos — bought Patsy’s with his wife, Kim DeLancey, 10 years ago, reclaiming what was once the family business.

Cito’s great-aunt and uncle, Maggie Tolve Aiello and Michael Aiello, opened the classic red-sauce Italian restaurant in 1921. It closed in August last year when Cito and DeLancey decided to retire.

Services will be at 2 p.m. this Wednesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 3549 Navajo St.

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