Tuesday, 26 February 2019

A Preuilly Institution Closes


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To the universal shock of the town, the Hotel Restaurant de l'Image, run by the Chedozeau family on the market place in Preuilly has closed. The family will put it on the market but at the moment are enjoying a well earned rest. Jean-Michel, the chef and owner, has allowed me to translate his announcement from a week ago. No one in town can quite believe it as it was the sort of place everyone popped into from time to time and the Chedozeaus knew everyone. You were always guaranteed a good value meal made from fresh local ingredients, lunch or dinner. This is a real blow to the town, especially with the planned redevelopment  and improvements for the market place announced by the municipality. Everywhere I go it is the topic of conversation.

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"Dear friends, at the beginning of the year and as customary after I have wished everyone a good year to come, I must make good resolutions for 2019. I have decided to hang up my apron and end my commercial activity. After more than 33 years at the helm of l'Image, it is time for me to retire and sail to new horizons. From 1 June 1985, aged 19 years old, with the help of my relatives, full of courage and the will to succeed, I have not stopped giving the best of myself for the satisfaction of my customers, not counting my hours and my sacrifices throughout my activity at the expense of my family and my health. This beautiful family adventure in l'Image started when I was very young and brought me independence, strength, financial security, love, fatherhood, friendships, punishing but rewarding hard work, sufferings also, as in any life. So now it's time for me to find a balance after taking care of my customers. It's my turn to take care of me and my relatives. To cut short all the gossip and other "fake news", it is with the agreement and the support of Martine [his wife, who ran the front of house] and Christophe [his brother, who ran the bar] that I undertake a new life. Time has done its work, the enthusiasm and will to succeed of the early days have given way to fatigue and weariness. It is time I retire so as not to disappoint my clientele and betray my professional conscience. It is with my head held high that I retire, with pride in the work achieved. I leave a healthy and profitable business, I hope it will find buyer so that this beautiful Preuilliacienne institution continues to live on. I wanted to thank my loyal customers who followed me for three decades and believed in me despite my limited experience early on. Many have unfortunately left us. I think of my loved ones gone prematurely, I thank my family for the help and support in my day-to-day life, all those who have contributed to make l'Image a great professional success (employees, apprentices, trainees ...) The Chédozeau Family turns a page in the book of l'Image, started 3 centuries ago, but the story must continue after us." Jean-Michel Chedozeau.
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Bon courage Jean-Michel, Martine, Christophe and all the Chedozeau family. May the future bring a sympathetic buyer to reopen l'Image, and much happiness and enjoyment to all of you. I'm so glad we got to eat your last meal at the Saffron Fair.

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10 comments:

chm said...

Sic transit ... It is a shame that this institution you've been talking about so many times has to come to a close. You can't expect prople to live for ever! Let's hope there will be a good and professional repreneur so the Preuilliaciens won't lose a nice place to gather and enjoy good food at the same time.

Susan said...

I really hope they get a buyer too. The municipality is planning to improve the terrace (widen and level it), so that should help.

Jean said...

What a shame that L'Image has closed. I do hope an enthusiastic young chef will see the potential and take it on.

Susan said...

I hope so too.

Debs said...

Sadly I did have a suspicion this may happen, what a shame. I hope that they enjoy where ever they end up and someone takes over L'Image.

Susan said...

I think we all wondered sometimes how they could keep going in the current economic climate, but apparently the business is profitable. The first thing now is to sort out Jean-Michel's health problems (he needs a complete rebuild, according to him).

Les Hoover said...

In 1952 my family lived outside of Preuilly-sur-claise on the property of a Madame Fuvay? It was a large chateau with a mill house and a swimming pool. We are so hoping to visit there in October...can anyone give us information about this place...thank you so much. Sally Weinbach sallyweinbach@gmail.com

Susan said...

A swimming pool in 1952! Wow!! I can't think of anywhere that fits the bill but will ask my contacts. The combination of chateau and mill house doesn't bring anything to mind either. None of the chateaux I can think of in the vicinity are on the river. I suspect Fuvay isn't quite the right spelling of your owners name either. Fouget maybe?

Ricks Carson, Atlanta said...

The closing was announced almost a year ago. Has it reopened?

Susan said...

No, they have not been able to sell it and they are all working elsewhere now.

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