Enchanted by it's beauty and coziness, Cristiano Raffignone born in Paris, France and raised in Italy, purchased Martinique Bistro in October 2003. He kept the name in remembrance of the tropical feel that the dine-in courtyard and view gives the place. Hubert Sandot opened Martinique Bistro in 1994. The chef was born in Madagascar to a French mother and a Martiniquais father; he was raised in Paris. Martinique Bistro's menu was, and is, a reflection of this heritage. As executed by longtime chef de cusine, Eric LaBouchere, the food represents some of the smartest cross-cultural cooking you'll find in the area. The Island of Martinique, part of the French Republic, has a centuries long history of French influence, so perhaps it is natural that Martinique Bistro's food would cohere so convincingly. Still, its kitchen isn't afraid of pushing the edge.