From a SIMPLE BAR To AN EXQUISite RESTAURANT
In the seventies, the Principality of Andorra and its capital Andorra la Vella were a curious but effervescent commercial centre, offering all kinds of possible goods to tourists going to Spain on holidays (or coming back), as well as Spaniards and French on a day-trip or a little vacation. Add Danish, British, German, Dutch, Belgian, even Americans, all concentrating in the Pyrenean valleys and its small towns. The little Bar "Chez Jacques" was very well located, just in front of one of the biggest general stores of Andorra la Vella. But it's not until my father met my mother than the bar quickly turned into a really well known restaurant, abandoning the sandwiches for French omelets and then introducing more refined and creative recipes, as Jacques discovered and affirmed his cooking talent and skills. Due to the thriving economy of the seventies and eighty, the restaurant would be most of the time full, and later fully booked. It was incredible for a couple, with no help, to manage to satisfy around 30-40 servings at lunch and later again at night. Jacques and Mercedes never had any help, not an employee, not a cleaning lady, not a waiter. Yet, together they succeeded in creating a busy, joyful and very heartfelt place. The not always easy character of Jacques became an urban legend, and so many anecdotes started circulating about him, his past, making people want to come and meet this chef/owner and his wife, on top of eating delicious food.