When last we checked in with Mustapha Snoussi, the Algerian-born owner of Mount Washington's Crepe du Jour was buying a big-screen TV in 2010 and opening his restaurant early on June mornings to watch his first love in sports, World Cup soccer.
Now, there's a Ravens flag in the restaurant, and Snoussi, who is better known for croque monsieur sandwiches and truite almondine entrees, is taking reservations for a Super Bowl party with buffet-style "finger food," including chicken wings and cheeseburger sliders, as well as beer, wine and cocktails — and, if the Ravens win, free champagne.
Snoussi has embraced American football, especially the Ravens. And he notes that he and the team have several deep historical connections.
The former maitre d' of a restaurant in Paris, he moved to Baltimore in 1995 when his wife, a nutritionist, got a job at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. A friend told him he should check out a new football team that had just moved to Baltimore. That was around the time Art Modell relocated the Cleveland Browns and changed the team's name.
Snoussi knew next to nothing about American football.