Bottled Ocean, an aquatic solutions company, is pleased to announce its latest commercial aquarium project with New York Diner, a new restaurant by A&D Food Group with a 24/7/365 concept that is scheduled to open in June in the Gateway Village Plaza on Semoran Boulevard. New York Diner has contracted with Orlando-based Bottled Ocean to design and construct a custom, themed fish tank to bring a real flair of New York to Orlando.
“We’ve always put fish tanks in all of our restaurants, they have a great look and appeal to everyone from children to seniors,” said Manhattan-based restaurateur Walter Kumar of A&D Food Group. Kumar’s business partner Dean Edelman went on to say, “Bottled Ocean seemed the perfect fit from the start. We were looking for something as unique as our new concept, and after looking through the competition the people at Bottled Ocean were far and above in terms of flexibility, style and their pricing is more than fair for the quality received.”
New York Diner’s 310-gallon tank will feature a rendition of the famous skyline complete with illumination features. The fish will complement the City’s colorful culture, complete with yellow tang fish that will resemble New York’s ubiquitous taxicabs as they swim atop Bottled Ocean’s custom coral and several famous NYC landmarks, including the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty.
“Our business has been steadily growing over the last few years, but with the influx of reality TV shows like Animal Planet’s Tanked, themed aquarium business has just boomed,” said Greg Lund, President/CEO of Bottled Ocean.
Under the leadership of Lund and his business partner Baron “Bear” Kozy, the Bottled Ocean team recently designed and built ‘Swamp in the City,’ a 5,600sf live Louisiana swamp exhibit at New York City’s Chelsea Market in promotion of HISTORY’s Season 3 premiere of Swamp People. The team is also working on several large-scale Central Florida projects, including Discovery Cove and Nemours Children’s Hospital at Lake Nona.
Bottled Ocean is an innovative leader in full-service aquatic management with an unwavering commitment to environmental conservation. From custom residential and commercial tanks to large-scale waterway management, Bottled Ocean’s aquatic expertise is unmatched. Designing world-class tanks for celebrities and Fortune 500 companies, Bottled Ocean currently manages the world’s largest known Euryhaline exhibit at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. and is constructing a 16-foot tank for the new Nemours Children’s Hospital at Lake Nona, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012.
New York Diner
Manhattan-based restaurateur Arun “Walter” Kumar, of NYC’s Kumar Foods Group, which has a varied mix of nearly 100 restaurants across the NYC/Tri-State area, plans to bring a slice of the Big Apple to Orlando. Partnering with Dean Edelman, who has been providing interior and exterior design consultations to the retail and food service industries for 30 years, the two have created the A&D Food Group, to provide the South with great new restaurant concepts.
“The biggest issue I found when I moved down here was that after 10pm there’s nowhere decent to eat!” said Harrison Edelman, V.P. of Operations of the New York Diner concept. “Dean, Walter and I are dedicated to bringing what we think are the best parts of New York to wherever needs it, and the thing that Orlando desperately needs is a quality restaurant that is willing to stay open all night to serve red-eye travelers, commuters and local employees.” Harrison went on to explain that New York Diner attempts to reflect the melting pot of it’s hometown with a wide variety of diner classics, regional American specialties and even international selections. “Our tagline is ‘Our Home Brought to Your Home’, and I want to be able to give everyone a feeling of being ‘home’ here, whether you’re from Liverpool, Shanghai, Buenos Aires or Maine.”