Norman’s 180 Opens at the Westin Colonnade in Miami

Coral Gables, Florida (June 29, 2010) – Amstar announced today the highly anticipated opening of Norman’s 180 at the Westin Colonnade Hotel in the high-end Coral Gables submarket of Miami. The premiere restaurant brings celebrity chef Norman Van Aken back to the Gables after a three year hiatus. Teaming up with his son and fellow chef, Justin, Van Aken’s Norman’s 180 will take globally inspired recipes and focus on the regional offerings that are bountiful in Southern Florida, creating a high-end “farm to table” experience for international guests and locals alike.

“We are delighted to have Norman’s 180 in our hotel,” said Amstar Senior Vice President Adam Minnick. “When Amstar and Davidson began looking for potential restaurant operators in 2008 we wanted a group that would complement the high standards demanded by the hotel’s multinational guests and established brand, while embracing the local community of Coral Gables. We think Norman’s 180was the perfect fit and we look forward to working with their team for years to come.”

While the Westin will continue to offer its signature room service and catering offerings, Norman’s 180 will serve as the hotel’s exclusive restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and an impressive array of beverages from its 700-bottle wine vault and wrap-around bar. In addition, guests will see select “Norman’s 180 Inspired” items on the room service menu in months to come.

“We believe Norman’s 180 will quickly become one of the city’s most sought after dining experiences,” said Stephen Kilroy, Davidson’s Vice President of Food and Beverage. “Their menu will be the area’s most seasonal and eclectic, which we believe will draw more guests to the hotel and more local residents to the restaurant. Norman’s 180 will be the place in town where the foodies go, attracted by the food, setting and impeccable service.”

Amstar acquired the Westin Colonnade during June 2007 in partnership with Davidson Hotel Company, which manages the hotel. Situated on Ponce de Leon and Aragon, this landmark property is in the heart of Coral Gables with easy access to the many local shops, theaters, art galleries and fine dining that adorn the fabled Miracle Mile. For more information on the hotel, please visit

About Amstar

Established in 1987, Amstar is a real estate investment manager that offers both commingled funds and tailored separate accounts to its international and domestic clients. With more than $1.6 billion of assets under management, Amstar’s current portfolio consists primarily of office, hospitality, and multifamily holdings within the major markets of the United States and select markets in Europe and Latin America. For more information on Amstar, go to, or contact Executive Director Rob Toomey at

About Davidson Hotel Company

Davidson Hotel Company is one of the nation’s largest independent hotel management companies, specializing in the renovating, repositioning and rebranding of hotels and resorts. With a portfolio comprised of 40 hotels and over 11,400 rooms, Davidson’s strength remains in providing each of its properties with the individualized service characteristic of a small company, enhanced by the breadth and depth of skill that accompanies experience. For more information on Davidson, visit

About Norman’s 180

Norman’s 180is located in Downtown Coral Gables, Florida at the Westin Colonnade, and presents New World Cuisine with an emphasis on a more rustic American fare in a polished, casual atmosphere. Taking special care to source seasonal, and wherever possible, local ingredients in the most ethical manner possible,Norman’s 180 is right on beat with the pulse of American dining today. For more information, please visit, or contact Megan Raphael at