September 9, 1940 - August 11, 2013
Robert Bigonnet, born on September 9, 1940 in Aix en Provence, France, passed away on August 11, 2013 in Los Angeles surrounded by Diana Tabbara, his loving companion of 14 years, and her daughters, Souraya and Lammise and his business partner and dear friend, Alex Morgenthaler.
Robert is survived by his brother, Marc Bigonnet, who resides in Aix en Provence, France.
Robert was a handsome, debonair gentleman, always charming with a loving, welcoming smile. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. His generosity to others knew no bounds. Kindness and integrity exemplified his life.
Robert came to the United States from France in 1969 and enrolled at UCLA, studying film making. While attending UCLA he began working at Le St. Germain restaurant, a noted French restaurant in Los Angeles and soon developed a love for the restaurant business. He left Le St. Germain and opened Le Chardonnay restaurant in Los Angeles, partnering with the chef from Le St. Germain. The restaurant became an immediate success known for its excellent food and great ambience and was acknowledged as one of the the best and most beautiful restaurants in Los Angeles.
14 years later he sold Le Chardonnay and shortly thereafter in 1999 partnered with his good friend Alex Morgenthaler and purchased Le Petit Four restaurant in Los Angeles. It too became very successful and immensely popular, catering to an international clientele. Robert was deeply loved by his friends, employees and patrons and will be sorely missed, especially at his Wednesday lunch with
his friends at Angelini Osteria. He touched the lives of many people. He was an elegant man who lived a beautiful life.
Donations made be made in his honor to a
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 25, 2013