A warm moment with Maurice Rouas and Hubert Keller; photo via Facebook.
Many members of the restaurant industry were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Maurice Rouas last week, the locally adored owner of Fleur de Lys (he bought the restaurant in 1970). He had such a legacy and was a tremendous influence on many of our city’s shining talents, from Shelley Lindgren to Gary Obligacion and, of course, chef-partner Hubert Keller, whom he brought on in 1986. His obituary states he passed at the age of 73 from “complications from diabetes, pneumonia and kidney failure. … Fleur de Lys will host a memorial for friends and family Aug. 6. The family requests that donations in Mr. Rouas’ memory be made to the American Diabetes Association.” Condolences to his family, to all who knew him, worked with him, and were touched by his kindness.