Robert Treboux, who operated venerable Upper East Side restaurant Le Veau d'Or for 27 years, has passed at the age of 87. As William Grimes notes in his obit, Treboux was one of the last living restaurateurs with a direct connection to Henri Soule's famed mid-century French restaurant Le Pavillon (Treboux was a waiter there). Treboux opened a string of restaurants in the 50s and 60s, including Le Manoir, Le Clos Normand, and La Rotisserie Française. He purchased Le Veau d'Or in 1985.
Brooks of Sheffield wrote about Le Veau d'Or in a 2009 edition of his Who Goes There? column. On Treboux:
He never changed a thing about the décor (red banquettes, French street signs) or menu (Coq au Vin, Tripe a la mode De Caen) of the eatery, which opened way back in 1937. Bald-headed, somewhat grouchy and ever dressed in a suit and vest, the 85-year-old Treboux usually hangs out near the front booth, where Orson Welles used to sit. He lives upstairs and owns the small building.Treboux is survived by his wife, daughter, and four grandchildren.
· Robert Treboux, Restaurateur, Dies at 87 [NYT]
· Who Goes There? Le Veau d'Or [~ENY~]