Local restaurateur and James Beard Award-winning chef Linton Hopkins will launch his latest project next week. Linton's, previously known as Linton's In The Garden, opens for lunch and dinner in the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Thursday, April 28, representatives for the restaurant tell Eater Atlanta.
Jason Paolini, a veteran of Hopkins's Resurgens Hospitality Group, is on board as executive chef. Paolini has been with Resurgens since 2009, working in the kitchens at Holeman & Finch Public House, Restaurant Eugene, and H&F Burger. At Linton's, he'll serve up what's being called a "sophisticated menu with international flair," sourcing some ingredients directly from the botanical garden.
Hopkins first announced plans for Linton's in October 2014, revealing his intention to be part of a multimillion dollar revamp at the botanical garden. The restaurant will seat more than 200, include a patio and rooftop deck, and offer views of the woodland garden and the Midtown skyline. Hopkins has been operating The Cafe at Linton's in the botanical garden. That venture is now closed, but it will be incorporated into the new restaurant once it opens.
Linton's, open Tuesday through Sunday will have three separate components: the main restaurant (serving from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.), a "quick cafe" 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and a "petit cafe" (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.). Atlanta Botanical Garden admission or membership is required to dine at Linton's.