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March 15, 2016

Restaurant Industry Leaders Honored at 2016 Annual Awards Dinner

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association announced the Association’s top awards at the annual WRA Awards Dinner, held at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee on March 8th in conjunction with the Midwest Foodservice Expo.

Restaurateur of the Year
Mary Rowley, owner of Goose Blind Grill & Bar in Green Lake, was named Restaurateur of the Year, WRA’s highest honor.
The Restaurateur of the Year award is given to an operator who demonstrates participation and service to the restaurant association, success within their own restaurant and participation in community activities.  The winner is selected at a private meeting of past Restaurateur of the Year recipients.
More on Mary Rowley

Award of Merit
Ed Chin from Wong’s Wok was honored by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association with the Award of Merit for his many contributions to the restaurant industry in Wisconsin.
More on Ed Chin

Chapter Hero Award
Mike DeRosa, President of Eau –D, Inc. and Coach’s Fast Food, Inc. in Eau Claire, was honored with the Chapter Hero Award, recognizing his outstanding service to his local West Wisconsin Chapter. His companies operate 12 Burger King units.
More on Mike De Rosa

Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year Awards
The Chapter Outstanding Restaurateur Award is given based on success in business, community service and dedication to the restaurant industry. Wisconsin Restaurant Association regional Chapters awarded the following Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year Awards:

Big Four Chapter (Outagamie, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago Counties)
Jill Schneiter
Gala Resort & Campgrounds, Fremont
More on Jill Schneiter

Green Bay Chapter (Shawano, Brown and Outagamie Counties)
Mary Pappas & Rick Martens
Alpha Delights European Bakery and Café, De Pere
More on Pappas & Martens

La Crosse (La Crosse, Jackson, Monroe and Vernon Counties)
Matt Boshcka
Dublin Square Irish Pub & Eatery, Burger Fusion Company, Valley High Golf Club, La Crosse area
More on Matt Boshcka

Madison Chapter (Dane and Jefferson Counties)
Jason Salus
Twist Bar & Grill at the Radisson, Madison
More on Jason Salus

Milwaukee Chapter (Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties)
Jerry & Marie Arenas
Palmer’s Steakhouse, Hartland
More on Jerry & Marie Arenas

West Wisconsin Chapter (Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire and Jackson Counties)
Neal Wellner
Connell’s Supper Club, Chippewa Falls
More on Neal Wellner

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