Joey Belcher, the restaurateur behind Sticky Rice on H Street NE and 1905 on the U Street corridor, among others, was found dead on Monday. His family released the following statement this morning:

Local restaurateur Joey Belcher died suddenly on Monday afternoon in his home of unknown causes. He was 37 years old.

Joey Belcher (Courtesy of the Belcher family)

“Joey was revered by many and loved by many more,” says his sister, Mimi. “My brother’s quirky, ironic humor and wonderfully warm, magnanimous nature endeared him to all who knew him.” Joey Belcher is also survived by his parents, Joe and Irene, of Henderson, Nev.; his brother-in-law Sergi Ferre; and his six-year-old niece, Riley.

Among his many talents, Joey was a stunt pilot and talented musician, and owned several businesses in the mortgage and real estate industry before pursuing his passion for food and moving to Washington D.C. in 2008. 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.

Funeral plans include a public wake on Friday, Dec. 21 from 5-8 p.m., followed by a Roman Catholic funeral service on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. Both will take place at Joseph Gawler’s Sons (5130 Wisconsin Ave. NW).

Joey’s family requests privacy during this time of mourning.