THE ORIGINS. THE CAFÉ JOSEPET IN FRAGA, HUESCA.
In 1845 Jose Satorres, known as Josepet, was born in Fraga to a traditional farming family.
In 1863 he went to do his military service in Madrid where he discovered social life, the cabarets of the time, and he enlisted three consecutive times into the army to avoid returning to Fraga where he was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps as a farmer.
In 1870 he returned to Fraga and tells his father that he doesn’t like the country life and that he wants to open his own Café. The Café Josepet opened and becomes the meeting place for the town’s business community for many years.
Jose at that time already sported a suit and tie, ignoring the typical country smocks worn in the isolated, farming town of Fraga, with its streets full of donkeys and heavy, horse-drawn carts. He set up his own bus company to connect Fraga with the neighbouring capital town of Lleida and also to allow its travellers to discover his famous Café, located right in front of the bus-stop where his eye-catching coach would stop.
The Café Josepet little by little became a large social club. It was situated at 2 Paseo Barron on the ground floor. The social club was on the first floor and the family’s residence was on the second floor.
In a card game Jose Satorres lost virtually all of his wife’s dowry and his own properties. Little by little he would win back these properties until many years later he gave up his vice of gambling. However, this was the way he lost in a card game the Menorcas estate, which he would again win back later on. On this same estate 100 years later, the first Monegros Party would be celebrated.
The Club Café Josepet put on shows to entertain above all the men, mainly farmers, who sat behind its white marble tables to play cards or talk business.
His son wanted nothing to do with his father’s line of work and followed on the the family farming tradition in the Monegros and Vega lands near Fraga. José outlived his son, closed his famous Café and died a year later. His daughter-in-law Maria Vilar, his son’s widow, convinced her own daughter, Maria Satorres, to leave Barbastro and come back to her long-missed and much-loved Fraga. Maria had married Antonio Duran, a talented young man born for the hostelry trade. They both lived in Barbastro where Antonio worked as a waiter in the prestigious hotel San Roman.