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. (Editors Note: Bill Norman has decided to keep the restaurant open one extra day, June 91th, and will be donating 50 percent of the proceeds to local charities. An auction of some of the memorabilia and restaurant will follow later in the week)
“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.”