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Norman’s Landing restaurant in south Forsyth closing after 22 years

 
POSTED: March 11, 2017 11:15 a.m.
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Norman’s Landing on Peachtree Parkway will be closing in June. The eatery is known for its ping pong tournaments that raise money for charity.

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SOUTH FORSYTH -- Seafood lovers may want to get their share of seafood and ping pong in at an iconic locally owned restaurant in south Forsyth while they can.

Bill Norman, owner of Norman’s Landing on Peachtree Parkway, told his staff Saturday morning the doors to the eatery he opened almost 22 years ago will close on June 18.

“It is a bittersweet sorrow,” he told the Forsyth County News. “I hate it more than anything.”

He said the details of why he made the decision will come out more to the public at the beginning of the week but that the last thing he wanted to do was cut off his staff and customers, many of whom have been working and eating at the American seafood spot since the first fried fish dish was served in 1995.

“I have so many great employees and customers. I’ve had people tell me, ‘Whatever you do, don’t ever close the restaurant,’” said Norman, for whom this April marks his 49th year in the restaurant industry.

The brunch, lunch and dinner establishment does more than serve up award-winning seafood — Norman’s Landing has been named the FCN’s Best Of winner for the cuisine all three years the contest has run.

“I built it to raise money for the community,” he said. “We will have raised $2.3 million by the time the doors close.”

He holds a bi-annual ping pong tournament that accounts for much of that, as he uses the event to collect donations for local nonprofits.
This spring tournament will mark the 43rd — and final — at the restaurant.

“This one is going to United Way because they’re one of my favorite,” he said.

While he said there is “no good time” to close a business and that it is “much to my dismay,” he must “go forward.”

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XLR8TOR: March 11, 2017 10:49 p.m.

I'm guessing a Reb Lobster or Olive garden is taking Norman's place. The intersection land site directly across from the Collection is way more valuable now than the ROI on frying seafood everyday.



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