Linton Hopkins Jr. is sitting in the corner booth at Restaurant Eugene, discussing what it’s like to be the son of one of Atlanta’s preeminent chefs and restaurateurs. The 18-year-old has grown up watching his father and mother, Gina, build a restaurant empire. Besides their flagship Restaurant Eugene, there is Holeman & Finch, H&F Burger, Hop’s Chicken, Holeman & Finch Bottle Shop and forthcoming steakhouse C. Ellet’s at The Battery adjacent to SunTrust Park.
And now, Junior, as he is often referred to, is about to follow in his father’s footsteps in pursuit of a culinary career. This fall, the recent graduate of The New School will head north to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, the same prestigious culinary school that his father attended in the early 1990s.