GOLDEN, Colo (CBS4) â€“ In Golden, there is a tiny cafÃ© with a big mission. Chris and John Ross own the restaurant, but itâ€™s the community that has taken over the dÃ©cor in a celebration of life.
JCâ€™s CafÃ© features home-style cooking for breakfast and lunch every day of the week.
â€œWe are a family run restaurant,â€ said Chris Ross.
And they run the restaurant like a family. Itâ€™s the kind of place where everybody knows your name.Â Even the dÃ©cor is homemade, walls covered with the names and sentiments of people whoâ€™ve passed through.
â€œThereâ€™s stories, upon stories, upon stories, upon stories,â€ Ross told CBS4.
Like the story of the Dominoâ€™s Pizza driver who was killed while on duty. Nathan Leonâ€™s wife left a prayer in his honor.Â Then thereâ€™s the longtime customer named Rose, who put the names of her entire family on the wall, and then when she passed they came in and put her name next to theirs.
â€œI think it is very healing,â€ Ross explained.
It started before Chris and John bought the place, with the phrase, â€œLight a Candle, Say a Prayer.â€ Now, hundreds of candles line the walls each with the name of a loved one.
â€œThese people feel like they have ownership of this place,â€ Ross said.
â€œChris, tell me what it means to you to have something that means so much to the people around here?â€ CBS4â€™s Karen Leigh asked.
â€œI think weâ€™re really blessed here in this place. We try to be a blessing to the community and I think, weâ€™ve been blessed by the community,â€ Ross replied.
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