Norman’s Orlando Project is the development of a new fine-dining restaurant in Orlando, Florida, along Orlando’s famed “Restaurant Row.” The restaurant will be operated by Norman Van Aken, a world-renowned chef, and successful restauranteur.
Chef Van Aken is the founder of Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, which opened in 2003. The restaurant has been celebrated with numerous local and national accolades over the years, including being only the second restaurant in the history of Florida to reach the semi-finalist stage for the “Best Restaurant in America” by the James Beard Foundation.
Among his many masteries as a chef, Van Aken is best known for introducing "fusion" into the lexicon of modern cookery. He is also known as a founding father of New World Cuisine— a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, American, and African flavors.
He was a 2016 MenuMasters Hall of Fame inductee along with previous winners Wolfgang Puck and Jacques Pépin.
After a highly successful 15 year run, the Ritz Carlton terminated the restaurant’s lease. With the knowledge that the Ritz-Carlton location was enormously successful throughout its history and that the Norman’s brand was still tremendously popular in Central Florida, the Developer made the decision to re-open Norman’s in a new location. The Developer has located a 7,482 square foot space at a highly-visible corner lot along Sand Lake Road, also known as Orlando’s “Restaurant Row.”
The Project will be located at 7924 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, Florida 32819 located within the upscale Dellagio Town Center retail and dining complex and minutes away from Universal Studios and the Orlando Convention Center.
The Project Site is leased under a 10-year lease with two (2) five-year renewal options. The Project’s interior design will feature seating for up to 150, which may be divided into as many as four separate spaces for private parties or functions. A bar area will include additional seating for 14–16. Norman’s Orlando will continue to be managed by the same dynamic executive team.