"He was awake at the scene, and he had the brains -- the brains? wrong word -- the mind to say, 'I need to go to Parkland,'" says Catherine, who adds that Francois suffered cerebral hemorrhaging and unspecified neurological damage. But she adds that he can move his limbs and head. He was able to leave the intensive unit yesterday.
Fotre opened the French bistro La Mirabelle in early 1997 before selling it to chef Joseph Maher in 2001. His quest was to spread culinary sophistication to Little Elm (where he ran for mayor), and he opened Cafe C there in the summer of 2002, only to shutter it 18 months later. Catherine says they were in the process of raising money for a new bistro concept either in downtown Dallas or in the north suburbs when his Harley bucked him.
"It's been pretty sucky," she says. "It just wears your butt out."
More suckiness: The Fotre's have no health insurance. Catherine says she attempted to set up a charitable bank account called Friends of Francois to help defray mounting medical bills, but she says banks rebuffed her on account of all of the charity fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. So she is planning a fundraising dinner. If you can help, write Catherine Fotre, P.O. Box 871, Little Elm, Texas, 75068 or e-mail her here.