Restaurateur and chef Michael Foust takes over the Cafe Thyme kitchen

The little restaurant inside the Visitor Education Center at Powell Gardens, Cafe Thyme, has never been renowned for its cuisine. In fact, during the years that the cafeteria-style dining area was operated by corporate food-service giant TreatAmerica, the food and service were both so dreadful that I refused to eat there anymore. I vowed that I would eat flower petals from the gardens first.

Last year, Powell Gardens hired society caterer Lon Lane to run the food-service operation at the facility, but that relationship was short-lived. Last week, a new chef took over the Cafe Thyme kitchen: Michael Foust, the chef and owner of the Farmhouse restaurant at 300 Delaware in the River Market.

“Michael took over the restaurant on March 2,” says Karen Case, marketing director at Powell Gardens. “We’re very excited.”

Not as excited as I am. I love going to visit Powell Gardens. But until now, I would pack a lunch to eat on the way. (I completely missed out on the tenure of the talented Lon Lane.)

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink