Elbling: 'A fine lady'
The Richmond community has lost an icon as a result of the death of Marie Elbling, who, along with her husband, Paul, owned and managed La Petite France for many years. It was one of the finest French restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic region and possibly the country. What made this establishment so special was the hospitality and friendship with which the Elblings greeted every customer. Paul ran the kitchen and the food consistently was superb.
However, the entire experience began with Marie greeting everyone at the door with her warm smile and contagious laugh. I was heartbroken when they made the decision to retire, but nothing compared to my sadness when I learned of her loss. She was a fine lady, and Richmond is blessed that their journey brought them to our fair city.
Edward M. Schaaf III.