In this photo: Far right: French Market Cafe’s Patrice and Agnes.
My heart cries for the family, friends and patrons of French Market Cafe. Yesterday, I received a phone call. My heart sank after hearing the news that French Market Cafe owner Patrice Martinez died instantly in a motorcycle accident in South America.
My first thought after hearing the news was, Agnes, his wife, how is she doing? I can only imagine how it might feel to lose the love of your life, team mate and best friend.
In this photo: Patrice Martinez, Jazz, Valerie Hammond and Patrice’s lovely wife, Agnes
I’ve only spoken to Patrice and Agnes a few times. The first time I met this lovely couple was at their weekly Thursday Aperitif hours event at the cafe. My first impression of these two were…. Wow, what great big smiles they have, and their energies were welcoming, warm and good. I thought, what a happy couple they are! Come to think of it now, their cafe also radiates this energy.
Oh Agnes, and the French Market, we, at Venice Paparazzi, are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and minds.
This is the last photo I took of Patrice. It was taken on Dec. 9th, 2011.
In this photo: Patrice Martinez and Valerie Hammond
Check out this photo slide show. taken at their weekly aperitif hours.
ABOUT THE FRENCH MARKET CAFE: French Market Café is an intimate charming café serving Venice neighborhood since 1993. Runs by a French couple with a French team, the café welcomes you with authentic old style personalized service. Pull a chair on our quiet, lushly landscaped outside patio, usually packed with laid-back locals – many of them are European ex-pats – and enjoy a delicious omelet or our famous “le Cheval” (breakfast sandwich) with a tasty espresso, or a rustic homemade soup, a succulent salad with a Panini, or finish your day with a traditional Beef Bourguignon or a Chicken Basquaise with a glass of wine. French Chefs and lingers eat bistro food at the tables and can easily be convinced that they’ve traded their L.A lives for the charms of the French countryside.
At French Market Café, we are proud to perpetuate the French food tradition and style. We are a gourmet food and wines store and a kitchen/café. The Market offers a large selection of imports from homeland including publications and a wine cellar with more than 100 different wines. Online ordering and free delivery are available for your convenience and our free parking makes your stop at French Market Café even easier. So food and France lovers, single, family with kids and dogs, you are all welcome. Patrice and Agnes can’t wait to welcome you in their little heaven in Venice.
French Market Cafe. 2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291. P: 310.577.9775 | F: 310.577.9795 | email@example.com | http://www.frenchmarket-cafe.com