French Market Cafe Owner Dies in Accident

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Photo: CJ Gronner via Blogtown

Sad news from Venice. Patrice Martinez, owner of Abbot Kinney's French Market Cafe and a close friend to a circle of local French chefs, has died following a reported motorcycle accident in Chile where he was on a trip with a friend. The restaurant is open for business today, while fans are leaving memorial statements on its Facebook page. [Blogtown via Yo! Venice!]