ORLANDO, Fla., June 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Uptown Network today announced that Norman's, located in the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, has joined the Uptown Network. World renowned for impeccable service and flawless culinary preparations, Norman's is using iPad Wine Lists to further enhance the dining experience. Guests can seamlessly find wines and engage with the team of expert sommeliers in a way not possible with paper menus and wine lists.
"As a sommelier, the benefits became obvious," explained Yusuf Yildiz, Wine Director and Sommelier at Norman's. "I have a passion for teaching and training and the Uptown Network iPad Wine List delivers great value in both areas." Yildiz added that the iPads allow him to engage with guests on a deeper level while at the same time acting as a training tool for staff members.
Opened at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, FL, Norman's quickly took top honors as one of the country's best restaurants. The New York Times has called Norman Van Aken Florida's most gifted chef. Nation's Restaurant News has placed Norman's in the Fine Dining Hall of Fame. The flexibility of the Uptown Network enables the showcasing of several of Chef Van Aken's award-winning cookbooks. The app helps make them accessible on a global basis. In addition to being offered in the restaurant, the app can be downloaded for free by anyone with an iPad via the Apple App Store.
"It is exciting to see our product in one of my favorite restaurants," said Ed Jones, Co-Founder of Uptown Network. "Norman's is a perfect place to get started in Orlando. Is it possible to take something past the perfection that Norman's already offered? We think so and I look forward to dining there over and over to enjoy the experience."
About Uptown Network
In addition to offering an iPad Wine List and Menu, Uptown Network connects restaurants and consumers via the first network of digital menus. As more restaurants join the network, more consumers download the app that in turn encourages more restaurants to join the network. This 'network effect' increases existing business and drives new business. Venues that join the Uptown Network typically enjoy an immediate increase in wine sales of between 20-50%.
SOURCE Uptown Network