Allan Frank Ripans, age 86, of Atlanta, died peacefully Jan. 8, 2020. Allan was born and raised in Flushing, NY. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell School of Hotel Administration and attended NYU Law School.
He worked as a food service executive with Allied Stores Corp and Aramark and later owned and operated Crossroads restaurant on Peachtree Street from 1968 to 1988. He was a past president of the Georgia Restaurant Association and Cornell Hotel Society.
Among his many accomplishments he helped establish the Temple Night Shelter (now Zaban Paradies Center) and was awarded Georgia Restaurateur of the Year in 1976.
He loved travel, cooking, entertaining, classical music, and was a raconteur with a keen sense of humor. He was a longtime member of Senior University and other study groups, The Temple, and Congregation Beth Jacob, and he quietly supported many charitable organizations.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Gail Ripans; children Jill (Bill) Greaney, Jon Ripans, and Holly (Douglas) Witten; brother Martin Ripans; and grandchildren Caroline, Rachel, Hannah, Max, Kevin and Matthew.
Graveside services were held Jan. 10 at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999. Sign online guestbook at www.edressler.com, and listen to the StoryCorps interview with his daughter, https://www.wabe.org/storycorps-allan-ripans-and-holly-witten/.