Former Normandy Restaurant employees Eric and Emily Post are the new owners of the south Lincoln restaurant.
“The restaurant has a lot of value,” said Emily Post, who worked as a server at Normandy from August 2014 to August 2016. “I loved working the two years that I did. I love the customers and the atmosphere and everything that goes with it.”
Eric Post worked as a bartender from when the restaurant opened at 2785 S. 17th St. until April 2015. The Posts met at the restaurant and have been married since March 2016.
Lawrence deVilliers announced Nov. 10 that he and his wife, Renee, were selling the restaurant.
"This just sort of happened," he told me after posting the news on Facebook. “I've always said I'm building toward the next thing. I'm more of an entrepreneur. I thrive in new challenges."
DeVilliers said he plans to finish a book he’s been writing, pursue other business opportunities and be a dad. He and Renee have three daughters, ages 9, 5 and 3.
A French immigrant, de Villiers began baking and selling pastries at farmers markets seven years ago. He and Renee opened The Normandy in The Railyard’s Public Market in 2013 and moved it to its current location in February 2014.
The Posts will manage the restaurant beginning Friday, but deVilliers plans to stay until the end of the year. Shane Goodall will continue as executive chef.
Emily Post, whose mother is Swiss and father is French, said the restaurant name and the cuisine will remain the same, but “we’re going to add a little Swiss touch to it.” The Posts also will make some cosmetic changes.
The hours also remain the same. They are 5 to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.