Jason Blevins
The Denver Post

Filming for "Fast & Furious 7" is driving an economic boost for Salida

SALIDA — The group rescued 216 Ferraros on a slow Sunday, lining the restaurant's bar, filling tables and ordering big.

"Great tippers, too," said Diamond Redfeather, the gregarious bartender at the Italian restaurant.

The story is the same across Salida, where 300 crew members are dining, shopping and filling hotels while they work on filming the seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise up on Monarch Pass.

"They are taking care of us when we shouldn't be busy at all," Redfeather said.

The engine-revving movie is turbo-charging Salida, just as it did Colorado Springs a month ago when the crew filmed on Pikes Peak. For the past three weeks, hundreds of crew members have packed the parking lot at Monarch ski area. U.S. 50 closes every so often while the filmmakers capture mountaintop scenes with exploding RVs, rolling Mercedes-Benzes and souped-up Dodge Chargers racing up and down Monarch Pass.

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