Joey Belcher, Sticky Rice owner, dies

Joey Belcher, a popular presence in Washington's restaurant scene, has died. Belcher, 37, was found dead in his Washington apartment on Monday, according to news stories.

This morning, Belcher's family released a statement to the Washington Post:

"... Originally from New Orleans, Joey was a pioneer, seeing vision in the rehabilitation of H Street NE and the growth of a dynamic D.C. food truck scene. In addition to owning Sticky Rice D.C. and Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street NE, he was a partner at 1905 Bistro & Bar on 9th Street NW and owned several food trucks, including Chupacabra."

The first Sticky Rice, in Richmond, Va., opened in 1999. A second restaurant opened in 2008 in Washington and took on three additional partners, including Belcher. With Ronnie Pasztor, the D.C. group helped open Sticky Rice Baltimore on Aliceanna Street in 2010.

The cause of Belcher's death is unknown, the Post article said.

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