The story of Café Roma began over three decades ago in Cruz Bay on the beautiful island of St. John. It is a favorite spot among locals and tourists alike, and has overcome more adversity than perhaps any one business in the U.S. Virgin Islands has ever seen.
But for John Hiebert, current owner of Café Roma, the story is barely beginning.
It was 25 years ago that John and his wife Michelle honeymooned in St. Thomas, promising each other that, not only would they return some day, but that they would make the island their home.
Originally from Connecticut, John always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Upon graduating college he started a small recycling business. He then sold to a large waste disposal company and became a manager for Papa John’s in Orlando, FL. Later, moving to South Florida, he worked at an Italian restaurant where he got the know-how and hands-on experience. Finally, along with a couple of partners he bought four restaurants.
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