Norman’s is finally open in its new home at 7924 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando. The return of Norman Van Aken’s restaurant has been bated-breathily anticipated ever since it departed its original Central Florida home at Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando in 2019. The Ritz-Carlton space is now occupied by Knife & Spoon.
The restaurant had originally planned a 2020 reopening, but that pesky little pandemic slowed things down. Then there were the usual construction delays and dilemmas that all restaurants face. But it’s finally here and ready for you.
Van Aken and his partner Thomas D. Wood Jr. have generously donated a gift certificate to Norman’s for this Sunday’s Orlando Shakes Gala. The silent auction is open online now and you can bid on it and other restaurant prizes here. Successful bidders will be announced at the event.
The gala is Sunday, Feb. 26, and benefits Central Florida’s premier professional theater organization. Besides the auction, the evening will feature food stations from several Orlando restaurants, including Russell’s on Lake Ivanhoe and the Tap Room at Dubsdread, live entertainment and a performance featuring songs from Shakes’ past productions. Tickets are still available here.