Rainsville Restaurant Reopens Nearly One Year After Tornado

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A Rainsville restaurant torn apart last April finally reopened this week.

Wing House had its roof ripped off by a tornado April 27.

Manager Chris Keef said the restaurant first opened its doors September 27, 2010, so it was closed longer than it was open.

"I never imagined a tornado hitting right here, but in a matter of a moment the business was gone, job was gone," Keef said.

"I had nothing to do but to clean up the rubble."

He had insurance, but it was a long process with many challenges.

However, there was one he could not help but enjoy.

"Dealing with everybody asking 'when are you going to open'," he said with a laugh.

That's because Wing House has very loyal customers, like Jerry Clifton.

"This is already my third time over here since they've been open.  We were here Monday.  We actually knocked on the door and had them unlock the door yesterday morning because we got here a little bit before 11," Clifton said.

He was a regular before the storm, and attributes his frequent patronage to the wide variety of food on the menu.

"We ate here usually around four times a week.  Yeah.  Usually try to come over for lunch, Mondays through Thursdays, maybe sometimes on a Friday.  It's great," Clifton said.

Keef said it is also greet to have these jobs.

Wing House added 10 employees to the staff they had last Spring.

"The other 10 were patiently waiting to work here again," Keef said.  "Faithful."

They were also ready to serve their loyal customers.

"You always see your family and friends when you come in, so that's one reason that we like to visit this establishment." Gary Clifton said.

In fact, he ran into his cousin, Jerry Clifton, although the odds were pretty good given Jerry's average of four visits a week.

Wing House is open Monday through Saturday.

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