Local chef and restaurateur Linton Hopkins has hired Nick McCormick to take over as chef de cuisine at The Cafe at Linton's, Hopkins's Atlanta Botanical Garden restaurant. McCormick previously served as executive chef at Midtown's Tap: A Gastropub for five years, and he replaces executive sous chef Justin Van Aken, who left in February.
The cafe, which utilizes fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown at the Garden, is just an interim project for Hopkins. He's working on a new restaurant, Linton's in the Garden, which is part of the Garden's expansion that is planned through 2017. It will seat more than 200, include a patio and rooftop deck, and offer views of the woodland garden and the Midtown skyline. Once Linton's in the Garden is completed, the cafe will be converted to office space as part of the multi-million-dollar project.