Washington business reflects on serving specialties, smiles to customers

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Any day of the week, you’ll find Dan Ramadani serving up a savory spread and a smile to his customers. More than a decade ago Ramadani and his family moved to Washington from the suburbs of Chicago. But he noticed something was missing in the area.

“The building was empty so I thought it’d be a real nice addition to the town here serving breakfast lunch and dinner,” said Ramadani.

So he and his wife Kiki opened Washington Family Restaurant.

“Here we are 14 years later,” he said. “It’s just gotten better and better.”

Ramadani says his love for food stemmed from watching his father in the restaurant business. Years later, it’s a part of the family’s lifeline.

“I’ve been doing this for 34 years. It has been in our family in our blood you know for a long time so I just continue the tradition,” he stated.

It’s a tradition he says he takes pride in, especially the homemade nature of his restaurant’s food.

Ramadani said, “People drive from 50 miles around to try the Swedish pancakes which is like crepes with a little different ingredients.”

While some days feel longer than others, Ramadani says it’s all worth it.

“If you don’t love doing something, then you might as well quit. I love doing the restaurant business,” he said.

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