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Café Normandie is owned and operated by Jean-Louis Evennou, who has
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. 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 195 Main
Street. The restaurant was so successful that in 1991 Jean-Louis moved
the restaurant to a larger location at 185 Main Street, where it remains


Jean-Louis was recently chosen as one of the “Best Chefs America”, as
well as voted “Best Business in Annapolis” by the Comptroller of


Café Normandie also had the pleasure, in June, 2015, of hosting the
return to Annapolis of Lafayette’s Replica Ship, the “Hermione”, together
with the Mayors of La Rochelle and Rochefort, France.
Café Normandie takes prides in the fact that it has been able, over the
past three 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.

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