Linton’s in the Garden, the full-service restaurant and quick cafe at the Atlanta Botanical Garden from James Beard Award-winning Atlanta chef/restaurateur Linton Hopkins , is being relaunched as Longleaf, according to a news release.
Executive Chef Jason Paolini "will take the lead as the culinary creative force of the Atlanta Botanical Garden's restaurant," and Hopkins "will remain on board in the key role of chef adviser."
"It has been pure joy to partner with an epicurean visionary in establishing a world-class restaurant inside the Garden, and we are inspired as he passes the torch to a bright new talent," Mary Pat Matheson, Garden President & CEO, said in the release.
Linton’s made its official debut on April 28, 2016, timed for the opening of “Chihuly in the Garden,” a major installation of glassworks by acclaimed Seattle artist Dale Chihuly.
In August 2016, Atlanta Journal-Constitution dining critic Ligaya Figueras gave Linton's a good rating of one out of four stars, under the headline, Garden setting at Linton’s more illuminating than the food.
The restaurant’s new name is inspired by the longleaf pine,"the resilient evergreen conifer indigenous to Georgia and the Southeast and a focus of significant conservation efforts."
During the winter, Longleaf will be open 11 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Admission is required for non-members of the Garden. Walk-in guests are welcome, though reservations are recommended.