It hasn’t been written in stone, or, for that matter, on a wooden plaque outside. But the tentative name for the new restaurant that celebrity chef Norman Van Aken is planning for Mount Dora is 1921. That’s the year that the structure the restaurant will occupy was built. A definitive name will be chosen soon.
It’s also starting to look like a reunion of past employees of Van Aken’s Norman’s at the Ritz-Carlton at the Grande Lakes Resort Orlando. Scott Geisler, who had worked as dining room manager and sommelier for that restaurant for five years, has accepted the position of general manager at the Mount Dora restaurant. Geisler had been manager at The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. (Palmer Linscott, who had been general manager at sister restaurant Cask & Larder has moved over to the Pig.)
Geisler will be reunited with Camilo Velasco, who will be the executive chef at 1921, or whatever it is finally known as. Velasco was executive chef at the Orlando restaurant at the young age of 21. Before joining the new Lake County project, Velasco was executive chef for Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen, which had expanded food offerings at its Park Avenue store in Winter Park.
More to come.