Wolfgang “Wolf” Gropp, the chef-owner of French restaurant Petite Auberge in Toco Hills now Petite Violette on the edge of Brookhaven, has died. He was 81.
A statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page reads in part:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our restaurant’s founder and our patriarch, Chef and Owner Wolfgang Joseph Gropp. He passed away on July 22nd, surrounded by his family, at his home in Sandy Springs. Born June 9, 1937, in Coburg, Germany, he went by the nickname “Wolf”. Wolf trained in many prestigious restaurants all over Europe and America, including the Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva, Switzerland; the Grand Hotel St. Helier, Jersey-Channel Islands; The Savoy Hotel, London, England; and Chateau Frontenac, Quebec, Canada. One of the highlights in his life was preparing food for the Queen of England.”
Gropp opened his classic French restaurant Petite Auberge at 2935 North Druid Hills Road in 1974 where it remained for 42 years. Petite Auberge purchased the present Clairmont Road property on which then French restaurant Violette resided in 2017 and renamed itself to Petite Violette.
Petite Violette is now owned and operated by Gropp’s sons, Michael and Anthony, and still prepares dishes using original recipes from Petite Auberge.