Columbia, Missouri, February 20, 2017—Lydia Melton, owner of Günter Hans, a downtown Columbia European-inspired pub and café, has been named president of the Mid-Missouri Restaurant Association (MMRA)—a group representing restaurants and cafés in Columbia, Boone County, Jefferson City and the Lake of the Ozarks. MMRA is one of the Missouri Restaurant Association’s six chapters located throughout the state.
As founder and CEO of Günter Hans, Melton is an entrepreneur who opened her first bar at the age of 24. Having studied abroad in Belgium, she returned to find that many of the beers and treats she loved sampling while in Europe were unavailable in the U.S. Worse, many people had never heard of these brands.
Working with a local bank and Kickstarter, an online funding platform, Melton fundraised from the Columbia community to give support to her project. Today, more than three years later, Günter Hans has not only proven to be a success, it has earned Melton a position on her bank’s Young Business Leader’s Council, and a spot on Columbia Business Times’ “Top 20 Under 40,” a program highlighting young local business leaders.
Serving with her on the MMRA board of directors are James Gray, vice-president, Richard Walls, treasurer and Terra Crane, secretary.
The Mid-Missouri Restaurant Association, representing approximately 200 members, is part of a statewide trade association of 1,600. Its objectives are to educate, enhance and improve member growth and development by assisting them in becoming more effective operators, improving the political and social environment, and helping raise funds to create scholarships— for the benefit of patrons, employees, students and communities served.