A treasured bit of local history gave way to modern life Thursday after a car slammed into a plaque marking the birthplace of one of Martinez’ greatest contributions to society – the Martini.
The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m., not far from the Martinez police offices, and the car struck the bronze plaque and stone marker head on. Two people were injured in the crash, not to mention a lot of town pride.
For the history minded, the plaque reads – read:
Birthplace of the Martini
“In 1874, Julio Richelieo, Bartender, served up the first Martini when a miner came into his saloon with a fistful of nuggets and asked for something special. He was served a “Martinez Special.” After three or four drinks however the “Z” would get very much in the way. The drink consisted of 2/3 gin, 1/3 Vermouth a dash or orange bitters, poured over crushed ice and served with an olive.”
Erected by Joaquin Murrieta Chapter 13 Clampus Vitus. Dedicated April 11, 1992.