Café Normandie is owned and operated by Jean-Louis Evennou. He has also been its head chef since the restaurant’s inception. Jean-Louis began his cooking career at age 13, after which he worked alongside his sister and brother-in-law in their restaurant in Beynes, France. Jean Louis’ culinary career includes working with and learning from some of the best chefs and restaurants in America. From Le Provencal with George Blanc, to Rive Gauche culinary master, Michel Laudier and Café Maxime with famed proprietor, George Koropoulos. After many career stops, Jean-Louis came to the United States in 1980 with his wife Suzanne. He worked in some of Washington, D.C’s top French restaurants until 1986, when he opened Café Normandie at 185 Main Street. The restaurant was successful at that location, and in 1991 Jean-Louis moved the restaurant to a larger location at 185 Main Street, where it remains today.
In 2008, Café Normandie gained its Sustainability Stewardship with the City of Annapolis, making it a leader in the City with it “green” program. With this program, Café Normandie has cut its waste by 90 percent through recycling and composting. It has been replaced cloth tablecloths with recycled marble tops and uses only biodegradable carry-out items. The long-term plan of Café Normandie is to be able to grow their own produce, flowers and the like at the Evennou’s farm in Upper Marlboro. Café Normandie prides itself in the fact that it has been able, over the past two decades in business, to consistently offer the same quality of food, excellent service and reasonable prices as it did when it first opened its doors in 1986.