Normandie Farm Restaurant to Close on June 30, Reopen in Late Summer Under New Ownership

by Patrick Herron

Normandie Farm Restaurant at 10710 Falls Rd. announced today that the current owners will be retiring and the restaurant will be temporarily closing on June 30. New ownership will be taking over and are expected to reopen the restaurant in late summer.

Normandie Farm was founded in 1931 by Marjory Hendricks in the midst of the Depression. It is one of a handful of restaurants that are still in existence from that era.

Hendricks, along with her sister, purchased the property that had been planned for a country club and built it into a restaurant that remains unsurpassed today in its ability to satisfy with fine food, wonderful wines and sterling service.

Cary Prokos started at the restaurant in 1983 as a chef. He became the sole proprietor in 2007. Below, he announces his retirement.

From Normandie Farm’s website:

“Chef Cary Announces His Retirement!

 I have always joked that they would have to “Carry Me Out of Here in a Box.

Now, after 39 Years and enduring the past 24 months, I have elected to walk out with my Toque Blanc On!

I am announcing my retirement from Normandie Farm and will lock the door for the last time on June 30, 2022!

Don’t expect the doors to be closed for too long because new owners are excited to begin serving the community later in the summer.

What an “Awesome Gig” this has been!

I would like to thank all my Great Customers, Employees & My Family for their Support over the past 39 years!
In Addition, I owe a special thanks to  my Landlords, Normandie Farm Joint Venture, who have been so supportive through the pandemic!

It’s so very hard to say goodbye to so many memories and friends we have met during this journey.
I can assure Each of YOU, that there will be many tears as we reminisce these past 39 years of our relationships!

I came to Normandie Farm, April 1, 1983, and much to my amazement, there were no popovers! As a child growing up in Northern VA, I was very familiar with the restaurant and its traditions.  It was easy to recognize that my first job was to develop a popover recipe which is still in use today. In addition, I saw the potential for a grand Sunday Brunch Buffet in this Classic Dining Room which has been known for years throughout the DMV.

As many know, I met my wife, Margery, here many years ago when she served as a cocktail waitress. We were married a few years later & having keen common sense, I renamed the Lounge “Margery’s.” My three children were welcomed into the world by many of you with kind wishes & gifts of onesies!  My youngest son, Charles, spent many a holiday helping his dad and now he is about to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America. His older twin siblings will also be graduating from college this spring, Maria from Case Western Reserve University, and Nicholas from Christopher Newport University.  How blessed I am!

Over the years, I have seen MOCO grow up and change,and dodged numerous curves from mother nature including the 2011 earthquake which sent customers scurrying under the tables.  While many of these unexpected challenges usually came at the most inopportune time, my loyal staff and I, starting with Mr. Kay and Carlos Marquina, always did our best to ensure the safety of our customers and uninterrupted service!

Finally, over these past 6 years, I have had the pleasure of my many talented music friends!
They have made Margery’s Lounge a special place to gather, forget our worries & just have fun!
I am so honored to have seen their weekly performances and how hard
they work in their different genres, and the respect they give to the music they play!

Needless to say, these past 24 months have been brutal.
We have survived with your and my staffs support. My Many thanks to all!

Normandie Farm will remain open for a la carte dining, music in Margery’s, Sunday Brunch, our special holiday buffets and for special occasions through June.
I Appreciate your business and your loyal support and would love to see you before we leave!

My Thanks to All and Remember “Health is Wealth”

Chef Cary”

About Normandie Farm:

Normandie Farm Restaurant has been providing a charming and intimate spot for locals and visitors in Potomac, MD to enjoy dining and social gatherings for over 86 years!
A tradition in Montgomery County, Normandie Farm Restaurant offers a rustic decor and traditional menu inspired by French cuisine. From afternoon tea to the causal elegance of the Main Dining Room, this is a unique venue to host your next dinner party or event.
Customer favorites include the Beef Wellington, Lamb Chops, Halibut, Chilean Sea Bass and Sea Scallops….and our famous Hot Golden Popovers. Our extensive bar, wines and beers, bourbons and scotch’s provide you with wonderful choices to pair with your food.
In Addition, Margery’s Lounge in Normandie Farm offers the best Live Entertainment in the DMV every week. Check our web site for the schedule of talented players & singers who always help make your visit Fun!

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Barbara Roginsky January 25, 2022 - 6:56 pm

Normandy farm was a treasure in my life where Bill Rehm & I had the opportunity to sing with different entertainers and to meet all our friends at such a lively, welcoming place. thank you Cary for all your work and your wonderful menu that you prepared so many times so at Normandy Farm thank you so much and best of health to you & your family.

Phyllis Jackson February 12, 2022 - 9:49 am

It was a very nice place.I use to work there around 1981, my father Leonard Evans was the chef. Everybody just loved my day. This Feb12, is my dad Birthday.

MCS Staff February 12, 2022 - 10:34 am

Happy Birthday to Mr. Leonard Evans

Terry Lee Ryan February 18, 2022 - 8:53 am

I’ve got to say I’m truly going to miss Normandie Farm!… But even more so Our dear friend and Chef Cary ! Myself and my wife Jennifer came to Normandie Farm not too long after being affected by “Hurricane Katrina” in New Orleans, and being a full time musician was really tough on my end, but “Cary” took me in with open arms to perform at Normandie Farm and I’ve been there ever since… Thank you so much “Cary” for everything you’ve done!! Enjoy your retirement!

Marcia Allen February 21, 2022 - 8:23 am

My son’s Bar Mitzvah party was held at Normandy Farm, we had many a birthday and anniversary celebrations there. My dad, the one and only baker Fred Loeb and Cary had much in common and were very good friends. Enjoy your retirement with your family. We will miss you but we have luscious memories!!!

Dave Roberts March 30, 2022 - 12:08 am

I was in high school, in 1960, the first time I ate at Nornandie Farms (then called Normandy Farms). Through the years, the restaurant has been a familiar, welcoming experience. I remember my 40th birthday party (in 1984) at the restaurant, a great occasion. Cory’s tenure has given us well-prepared food and gracious service, in a welcoming friendly atmosphere. I’ll miss this part of my past for so many years, and hope the new management continues the fine traditions.

Laura Lee April 4, 2022 - 11:52 am

Are the new owners re-opening as Normandie Farm or they re-opening as a different restaurant?

Carol McKernon June 28, 2022 - 11:03 am

My family has enjoyed our visits to Normandie Farm for 3 generations! Cary and Margery have done a fabulous job and will be missed! I wish them well in their retirement!

Jim Gulley September 2, 2022 - 2:27 pm

Any update as to reopening date? It’s September. Fall in 19 days.

John B. Ewald September 14, 2022 - 8:53 am

I have taken many dates to Normandy Farm and feel fortunate to have enjoyed many wonderful evenings at this fabulous place; great food and entertainment, I plan to visit soon!


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