DOWNEY — Regular diners at Norms will have to cope with seeing one less familiar face after this week.

It was 1976, and 22-year-old Nancy Cook was going through a tough time in her life.

“I had dropped out of college; I was struggling in some areas of my life. I was like a troubled kid,” said Cook, now 63. “A lot of drinking, excessive drinking. Party phase. The party was over but I was still there.”

Needing something to spark a turnaround, Cook happened upon an advertisement seeking applicants for a new Norms restaurant location.

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