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About the company
Humble Beginnings: The story of Romano Beverage spans more than a century and is firmly rooted in the neighborhoods and dining establishments of Chicagoland.
In 1913, a young 13-year-old boy, Michael Romano Sr., started as an office clerk in a West Loop warehouse of a local Chicago liquor distributor. Engrained with a great work ethic, common sense, street smarts and a strong desire to succeed, Michael Romano rose through the ranks to ultimately become president and owner of Morand Bros. Beverage Co.
After nearly 40 years of helping build this vibrant business, Michael convinced his two sons — veterans and recent graduates of the University of Notre Dame — to join him in what was then Romano Brothers Beverage Co.
Celebrating more than a Century of Service: From the moment they joined their father until they sold the company fifty years later, Buddy and his brother Michael worked tirelessly to build one of the most prestigious and successful liquor and wine distribution companies in the country.
Like his father before him, Buddy invited his children to join him as the company expanded its reach of products and services. Over time Danny Romano, Tricia Barry, Michael Romano and DJ Romano all joined their father — with each of them logging time in the warehouse just as their grandfather did to learn the business from the ground up.
For the past 15 years, the company continues to be a leader in the beverage distribution business, becoming one of the top independent Red Bull distributors selling nearly three million cases a year throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
Romano Beverage - Traditions of the Past & Spirit of the Future: Over the past 15 years there have been dramatic changes in the industry. There is now greater demand for unique products by the consumer, more craft distillers and specialty wineries than ever before and, because of the massive consolidations and the dominance of a few mega-distributors, less access to connect these suppliers with their market.
As boutique curators of fine wine and spirits, Romano Beverage fills this gap by offering exclusive brands for those retailers and restaurants seeking something unique.
We look forward to reviving old friendships and making new ones — we encourage you to contact us and we look forward to connecting top quality brands with exceptional retailers and restaurateurs!