Michigan Restaurant Association Honors Roma Café Owner with Distinguished Service Award


Published:

Jessica Marcetti (daughter), Janet Sossi Belcoure, B.J. Belcoure (husband), and Thomas Marcetti (son-in-law)

Michigan Restaurant Association

The Lansing-based Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) awarded Janet Sossi Belcoure the Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the highest award given by the association, on January 21 at the MRA’s annual Chairman’s Dinner at the Detroit Foundation Hotel.

Sossi Belcoure, a pioneer in the restaurant and foodservice industry with a valued voice and sought-after opinion within the City of Detroit, began her career by spending time in her father’s restaurant on a stack of telephone books in order to be tall enough to reach the table.

After graduating from Michigan State University, she began working for her farther, Hector Sossi, as the third generation of the Sossi family to own and operate the Roma Café – a proprietorship spanning 100 years. 

The Roma Café closed last year as the oldest Italian restaurant in Detroit. However, the iconic Detroit landmark will live on in its newest iteration as Amore de Roma. 

Sossi Belcoure played an integral role in ensuring the Roma tradition she and her family cultivated will live on for generations to come. She has been part of the restaurants and foodservice industry for 38 years and has served on the MRA Board of Directors where she was chair from 2012-2013. Additionally she is a founding member of the recently established Detroit Restaurant Association.  

“Just as Janet has been an integral part of the foodservice industry in Michigan for decades, she has also been a key factor of our success at the Michigan Restaurant Association, and now the Detroit Restaurant Association,” says Justin Winslow, president & CEO of the Michigan Restaurant Association. “Given the influence and dedication that surrounds her career, it was an easy decision to select her for the Distinguished Service Award.”

Chosen each year by the previous winners of the award, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have provided exceptional and continuing leadership, vision, and commitment to Michigan’s foodservice industry.

The MRA was founded in 1921 and represents approximately 4,500 Michigan foodservice establishments. The industry plays an integral role in Michigan's economy, employing more than 435,000 people and generating $15.9 billion in annual sales.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Dykema’s Bloomfield Hills Office Adds Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Attorney

Dykema, a Detroit-based national law firm, has announced the addition of Kenneth J. Sachs to its employee benefits and executive compensation practice group in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office.

Pontiac’s Haven Names President and CEO

Haven, an organization in Pontiac that provides comprehensive programs and services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, has named Aimee Nimeh as its president and CEO.

DMC Names CFO

Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has announced that Brittany Lavis has accepted the role of CFO of the Detroit market. In her new role, Lavis reports directly to Anthony Tedeschi, CEO of DMC.

Rehmann’s Ann Arbor Office Adds Two New Hires

Rehmann, a certified public accountant (CPA), business consulting, and financial services firm, has added two new hires to its Ann Arbor office in the governmental and higher education sectors. Matt Behnke, a CPA and chartered global management accountant, will serve as an assurance senior manager, and Daniel Clark, CPA will serve as an assurance principal.

Troy’s Ross Mortgage Adds Vice President, Four Other Employees

Ross Mortgage Corp., a full-service residential mortgage lender headquartered in Troy, announced the appointment of Theresa Sprague as vice president of branch growth and retention. The firm has also added Jason Sprague and his team of loan officers, Jon DeKoninck, Denise Huettner, and Tim Donner.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Revered Cadieux Café on Detroit’s East Side Sold to Restauranteur Paul Howard and Musician John Rutherford
    The owners of the Cadieux Café on Detroit’s east side today announced that they have sold the...
  2. Farmington Hills’ Plum Market to Open Street Concept Store in Downtown Detroit
    Plum Market, a food and beverage company based in Farmington Hills, will open a street concept...
  3. Bloomfield Hills-Based Sterilogy and Grand Valley Students Develop System to Help Reduce Hospital Infections
    Keeping hands clean and sanitized in hospitals and other medical facilities can be a challenging...
  4. BESA Detroit Restaurant Opens in the Central Business District
    A new restaurant, lounge, and private dining establishment called BESA Detroit has opened on the...
  5. Ottawa Towers Wins $7.4M Settlement from Pontiac Over Property and Parking Rights
    After more than six years of litigation, the City of Pontiac and the owners of the Ottawa Towers...
  6. Diamond’s Steak and Seafood Opens in Downtown Royal Oak
    Diamond’s Steak and Seafood, an Adam Merkel Restaurant, opened yesterday in downtown Royal Oak...