It seemed the fates were aligning against the staff of Ripon Family Restaurant.

   Nearly a year after a fire shut the west-side favorite down, owner Bobby Ahmedi finally was getting close to reopening last month — but hurdle after hurdle was thrown in his path.

   “We just had a lot of red tape. We have to do it according to what the state says, and we had a lot of things not functioning right that they had to come back and fix over and over,” head waitress Linda Rabe said. “We had an issue with the motors in the hoods burning out. Last night when we went through the juice machine wasn’t working; this morning, the coffee machine wasn’t working.”

   With that kind of trouble lurking, one wouldn’t blame her for feeling down as opening day arrived last week Monday.

   Yet she had a far different attitude when the doors finally opened.

   “We are blessed,” she said as customers piled in, no advertising necessary.

Read the full story in the Dec. 1, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.