After a career in healthcare, Payne pursued her dream of going to culinary school and opening a restaurant. Her downtown spot, Lindsey’s Culinary Market, focuses on locally grown and produced products. She also hosts pop-up benefit dinners for nonprofits.
How has the Athens food scene changed?
It’s gotten much more diverse and people seem to be open-minded about trying new things. I like it.
Where do eat beside your own restaurant?
I go to The Expat, Donna Chang’s, The National, The Pine. I like to try lots of places: Seabear, Viva — also The Varsity.
Where do you take visitors from out of town?
I show them around campus, Sanford Stadium. I take them to the Tree Room and The Tree That Owns Itself. Then shopping downtown. And then you eat at Clocked! and get a peanut butter and bacon burger.