Drum roll, please.
The planned opening of Norman Van Aken's 1921 restaurant in downtown Mount Dora is August 9, according to the celebrity chef's Instagram post yesterday.
Although the Mount Dora restaurant was expected to open earlier in the year, foodies won't have long to wait now.
"1921 by Norman Van Aken" is the James Beard Award-winning chef's new restaurant in the historic Mount Dora on 4th Avenue. The converted and completely renovated home will be a fine dining venue featuring a modern Florida cuisine.
The impressive setting will include seating for approximately 150 diners, a state-of-the-art open kitchen, full bar, chef's table for up to ten guests and decor reflecting the restaurant's partnership with the Modernism Museum Mount Dora.
1921 will have strong influences from the diverse cuisines of Southern Florida, as well as Southern traditions from Northern Florida and will access local farms for much of its produce.
Van Aken is widely credited for developing New World Cuisine. He is currently the chef-owner of “Norman's" at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando.
The chef has entrusted Camilo Velasco, as chef de cuisine of 1921. The talented, Columbian-born chef and Geisler enjoyed collaborating together previously at Norman's award-winning, Orlando location. Before re-joining Van Aken, Geisler managed the celebrated The Ravenous Pig in Orlando.
1921 will also feature craft cocktails and an extensive wine list to rival any in the state. It will offer a selection of old world and new wines available by the glass or the bottle to accommodate differing tastes, according to Geisler who is also a passionate sommelier.
The restaurant is in the old Garden Gate Tea Room building at 142 E. 4th Avenue, downtown.
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