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Orlando, Florida—Chef Norman Van Aken, his wife, Janet, and partners Tom and Kim Wood announced that they are reopening their flagship restaurant on sand Lake’s famed ‘Restaurant Row’ in the iconic Dellagio Town Center.  Plans for a unique renovation of the 7,500 square foot space, revealed in first quarter 2020, will show a complete reimagining of the anchor space at the corner of Sand Lake Road and Della, including a bold new look for 1,750 square feet of outdoor event space.

The grand opening for NORMAN’S is targeted for late summer 2020.  NORMAN’S will feature a contemporary menu that will be announced in late Spring but is reported to include some of Chef Van Aken’s signature dishes as well as some of the legendary Chef’s newest inspirations.  The company is continuing to employ Yusuf Yildiz as General Manager of the new restaurant and Laura Fletcher as Private Event Manager.  Chef Carlos Robles will be stepping up to be the Chef de Cuisine. 

In August of 2019 Chef Norman Van Aken, Florida’s sole chef recipient of the James Beard “Who’s Who in America” Award, celebrated the 16th anniversary of the flagship restaurant.  NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.  He is also known internationally for the term ‘fusion cooking’ from a speech he delivered in Santa Fe at a national culinary symposia in 1988. He said this about the decision to move to Dellagio:

“As we enter the next part of out journey—we are activating a space that is almost twice as large as our old space.  This is in alignment with our goal of creating more world-class events in Orlando.  Restaurant Row’s proximity to the Orange County Convention center allows us to better serve the estimated 1.4 million expected convention-goers in 2020.  Dellagio is the perfect fit for our expanding vision of food and service to the community and to travelers.”

NORMAN’S features Chef and decorated Cookbook Author Norman Van Aken and his culinary team.  Chef Van Aken’s international acclaimed “New World Cuisine” is an exciting, healthful and delicious coalition of Florida with the power of Latin, Caribbean and Asian roots.

Joe LeBas, President, Managing Director and Founder, Concorde Group Holdings, LLC. said, “NORMAN’S will be an anchoring presence for Dellagio.  We are working closely with the team on the stunning, genre-defining renovation taking place.  We are excited about the prestige that this award-winning brand and iconic personality bring to the Dellagio collective footprint and to Restaurant Row.”

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