Martin's didn't begin life as the large 280-seater that it now is, occupying the ancestral home of the owners and spreading out as a stylishly designed expansion into what was originally the front yard. It was, as the name suggests, a humble grocery store at the corner of a home in the sleepy village of Betalbatim, lazing amidst coconut groves and jack trees. The home belonged to Martin Pereira who, in 1986, retired from the Mormugao Port Trust and wanted to find an avenue of income which would also keep him occupied. His wife, Carafina, who still heads the kitchen at the restaurant, told us: "He gave me Rs 5,000 and asked me to do something with it. That was our entire initial investment."