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The Normandy and Lawrence’s food has consistently been recognized as among Lincoln’s finest. Set within an elegant yet casual French bistro, guests are welcomed by seasoned and experienced staff members all charged with the sole purpose to provide you and your guests with a comfortable and exquisite dining experience.
Seasonally inspired daily specials complement the heralded favorites, like the tartiflette — a plate of cheesy potatoes with bacon and onions mixed among them. An expertly curated wine list contains ample by the glass selections which beautifully pair with each of your delicious courses.
Visit Normandy where owner, Lawrence graciously oversees each and every detail of your visit to ensure that you too, return to Normandy time and time again.
All because two people fell in love:
The Normandy was born in Bronx, New York in 2005 . It was then and there, the owners Renee and Lawrence met while doing volunteer work with a catholic Franciscan order. Though both coming from vastly different backgrounds, a strong friendship formed and eventually developed into a romance. Lawrence grew up in an aristocratic political family in Vendee, on the west coast of France. As for Renee, she grew up in MCcool Junction, a small town west of Lincoln.
From the Bronx, they moved to Paris where they got engaged and lived there for one year . When deciding where to settle down after marriage, they both agreed that Nebraska would be the best place. After taking on a few jobs, it became obvious to Lawrence that Lincoln was ready for some french cuisine. In 2010, he started to sell some crepes and french cookies from his childhood at the farmer’s market. At the end of the first season, the mayor of Lincoln approached him to ask if he would ever consider catering some savory food at their home. That was the beginning of “France at Home,” an experience where Lawrence would come and cater a multiple course meal in a client’s home. This and the Farmer’s Markets carried on for the next three years, until he seized the opportunity to be a part of the Public Market, one of the ventures in The Rail yard in downtown Lincoln. After just a few months of business, he got wind that a business was for sale in a neighborhood where he frequently catered in and he jumped at the chance to have his own location at 17th and Van Dorn.
During this whole time, Renee was teaching at Saint Mary’s school, while still helping Lawrence with his private chef events and the Farmer’s Markets. In 2013, she decided to take time off from teaching to work full-time with her husband. Together, they have two little girls, with a third girl on the way in May.
The Normandy Casual French Bistro opened its doors on Valentine’s Day, 2014. Lawrence and Renee invite you to come and experience a little taste of France in a casual and intimate setting. Bon Appetite!