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Restaurant raring to open

August 16, 2011
RIPLEY — After eight months of battling, Papa’s Family Restaurant is about to open its doors.

Co-owners Jim and Wendy Eimers are still working on converting the space which was Wendy’s House of Crafty Ceramics for 12 years into an inviting dining room and functional kitchen. However, they plan on being up and running by third week in September, in time for the Wine Trail, though they would like to open by the end of August to allow time for a trial run.

“We just want a successfully run business, good food, good service,” said Jim Eimers. “We both are excellent cooks. If anybody has (Wendy’s) dinner’s, they’ll be back.”

Initially, Eimers said the restaurant was just going to be a soup, salad and sandwich place, but he and his wife decided instead to have a full menu including sandwiches, panini sandwiches, wrappanini, soups, salads, appetizers, pizza, wings, burgers and over 15 dinner items every day. In addition, there will be home cooked dinner specials every night.

Eimers said he has hired three excellent cooks on top of himself and his wife, who has experience working in both the restaurant and catering businesses. They are still looking for wait staff.

Plans for the restaurant also include a point-of-sale touch screen system where the order tickets will print in the kitchen and to have a wine license, which they are still waiting on, allowing the sale of beer and wine.

The reason for switching the business from ceramics to a restaurant is so that Jim and Wendy Eimers can focus on one business instead of splitting their focus between multiple businesses like they are currently doing.

“(We want to) try to simplify the rat races,” Jim Eimers said.

The name of the restaurant came from the Eimer’s grandchild, who refers to Jim Eimers and “Papa.”

Papa’s Family Restaurant, located at 9496 East Main Street in Ripley, will seat 88 and be open for lunch and dinner. The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, which includes a buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This is bright, wide open and clean and it’s going to stay that way,” Eimers said.

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