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May 29, 2010 12:22 PM

RIP Verte Marte

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  1. Wow, this makes me sad. Took a group of 16 high-schoolers to Verti Marte for lunch recently and they thought it was the coolest place in the world. They were hardly wrong. And the cook and the guy behind the counter were both very patient with them. Here's hoping they rebuild, and fast.

    Verti Marte
    1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

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    1. re: midcity

      I know, I had lunch there Friday and when I heard the news today I couldnt believe it. Sucks!

    2. From the link provided, the owner says they will rebuild. (Even Angelina took her kiddies there for snacks)....

      1. I'm glad to here that they will rise anew from the ashes! I can't think as to where else to head to in the FQ that was that close to our hotel for Hubig's, Zapps, a 6 pack of Abita or a hip flask of Early Times not to mention the food! The pics are darn sad though.

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        1. re: bourbonstjoe

          Sad for Verdi, but I think you can still get your favorites at Rouse's in the FQ - def the Hubig's and Zapps.

          1. re: lglenn5858

            I know, sad thing is that I'm not a NOLA native and have no access to Hubigs though Zapp's may ship to Canada. It's more the lose of memory, Verti Marte was a big part of my FQ experience when I was there, glad everyone got out ok.

            Verti Marte
            1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

        2. My long time friend Sam Hatfield was awakened by a phone call at 3:30 am Saturday Morning to the earthshaking, but sobering news that, Verti Marte was destroyed by fire.

          Verti Marte was Sam’s long time family owned Take out Deli and Grocery at 1201 Royal St., popular among French Quarter residents and tourist alike. His contagious smile and personality impacts and warms the hearts and lives of many.

          Sam has a passion and determination to rebuild. Verti Marte has building and contents insurance, but even that has its limitations and is subject to adjustors and the waiting process. Sam is officially unemployed for 4 to 5 months with no income.

          I truly feel in an event such as this, that friends will pull together and show their support for Sam and his family, Julie, Bronson and Braida.

          A donation account has been opened at Capital One Bank. If you are able to help Sam & Julie through this time, you can deposit into their DONATION ACCOUNT at any Capital One Bank location in the name of:

          Tennis Sam Hatfield Jr.
          and mark
          DONATION ACCOUNT on the check.

          You can also mail your check to:

          Capital One Bank
          3840 Emerald Rd (Hwy 22)
          Mandeville, La 70471

          Please remember to mark on the check - DONATION ACCOUNT and make the check Payable to TENNIS SAM HATFIELD JR. Or JULIE HATFIELD
          FB page Verti Marte
          If you have any questions, please call my work number 504.279.6325 and ask for Brian.

          Thank You,
          Brian Vetter,

          Friend of Sam, Julie, Bronson & Braida Hatfield

          Verti Marte
          1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

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          1. re: Sweet B

            Tell him to ask his insurance company for an advance, most companies, mine included, will cut a check up to $100K in advance of any adjustment process in cases like this one.
            Did he have business income insurance on top of contents and building (assuming he owned the building)

            1. re: Sweet B

              I know it's been awhile but I just finished working security on the fire scene of a local pub that burned down and I starting thinking of Verti Marte. How's the place looking and how are Sam and Julie doing?

              Thousands of kilometers away atm but I could sure use an apple Hubigs, a bag of Zapps and a 6 pack of Abita Amber! I miss the Marte.

              Verti Marte
              1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

              1. re: bourbonstjoe

                Passed there yesterday, still boarded up. I have seen workers there and the word on the street is that they will indeed re-open. Problem is that they have to bring everything (electric, plumbing, etc) up to the current that will take a while and perhaps a lot of money.

                1. re: TaTee

                  Thanks for the heads up TaTee! Hope everything goes smoothly for Sam and Family.