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Rams’ secret spot for great food struggling to survive

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The ripple effect of the Rams move to Los Angeles continues to cripple St. Louis area businesses. This is especially a fish and chicken restaurant in Washington Park. One of the Rams secret spots for great food is struggling to survive.

Ray`s restaurant had been delivering food to Rams on a nearly weekly basis. Just one order for the team was a boon for business.

"We usually carry about 700 pieces of chicken; 300 tenders, 300 biscuits." said Ray's owner Fred Whigham. "I felt the pain of the people in St. Louis because I know what I went through. I saw what the Rams did here in St. Louis by turning their backs. A small business like mine, it`s going to hurt."

This used to be one of six St. Louis area Popeye`s restaurants he owned and operated for 20 years. He says Popeye's forced him out in 2013 after an issue with royalty fees, which he says he ultimately paid. He renamed this location after his late father, Ray Whigham.

Rams or no Rams, Ray's will stay.

"That`s right. I`m going to survive." said owner Fred Whigham.

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