FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga.— Past and present board members of United Way of Forsyth County honored local restaurant owner Bill Norman for his contributions and the community as a whole in a celebration held at Norman’s Landing on June 6. Norman’s seafood restaurant will close on June 18 after 22 years in business.
Board members and their families signed a picture frame, a gift to thank Norman for his contributions, and mingled inside the restaurant, sharing laughs and memories from over the years with Norman.
Since Norman’s Landing first opened its doors, the restaurant has been dedicated to giving back to the community. Norman often talks about having a “big peanut-butter heart,” which is evident in the large amount of money he’s raised for local charities — $2.45 million over 22 years.
“It just goes in part with loving to spoil people in the restaurant business, and I like to take care of people that are not as fortunate or not as lucky,” Norman said. “That’s why we built the restaurant.”
Norman said he has a special connection to United Way, an organization devoted to providing services for those in need.
“This is my favorite charity out of the hundreds of charities that we’ve done things for,” Norman said. “United Way helps out 10-15 different charities, and the people have always been great. I’ve always enjoyed working with them.”
Throughout the years, Norman has hosted golf and ping pong tournaments for United Way, as well as helped to raise awareness of the charity’s projects and activities.
United Way board member Ruth Goode spoke about Norman’s commitment to helping others.
“He’s served on our board, he has volunteered, been with many different committees,” Goode said. “And not just us — he has served all of the non-profits so well here.”
Norman will continue giving back to the community on June 19 by hosting a “Last Supper” to commemorate the closing of the restaurant. Half of the sales from The Last Supper will go to benefit four churches in Forsyth County.
After the restaurant closes its doors, Norman is looking forward to taking some time off and going on vacation with his family.
“For the last 22 years, I’ve been everything I could be to everybody. I’ve got to do something for me right now,” Norman said.
But fans of Norman’s cooking should keep an eye out — he might be back soon with another restaurant.
“I’ve got to take six months off for me, and then I might do another restaurant after that,” Norman said.
For now, community members are expressing appreciation for Norman’s generosity.
“We’re so sorry to see him close. We’re definitely going to miss him,” Goode said.