“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

– Julia Child

We try to keep company with the best.  That’s why our about us page is really about you.

Nick and Ilene are partners in Thyme Cafe; they enjoy each other’s company and really like spending time with you.  If you have to get up and work every day, you might as well do it alongside people you like and for people you like.  Nick and Ilene believe what they do can serve a greater purpose; by spending each day together and with you, the payment is happiness and more work to be done.

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”

-Khalil Gibran

Keep a good attitude, surround yourself with good people, and we all grow stronger, smarter, compassionate, useful, and happy. You, our customers, are the good people.

This is what we’re all about. We’re all in it together.  It might as well be fun.


Nick Azzarito began his extensive career at the age of 13 in food at a Long Island pizza parlor. After moving to Georgia later in his teens, Nick’s parents opened a new concept, Happen Pappens Restaurant, in the Perimeter Mall.  Nick continued his journey in the food business at Nick’s on Lanier at the Bald Ridge Marina, Hovan Gourmet in the Perimeter Mall, Harbour Club Resort on Lake Oconee, and The Ridge Bistro Catering, rendering him a food veteran.  To Nick, work is an extension of his life.  His well seasoned perspective and concern for the customer makes all the difference.  If you ever want to hear a good joke or need someone to lift your spirits, Nick’s your man.

With simply a love of eating, Ilene Linihan brings another perspective to the cafe.  Ilene is all about feeding the body and soul; very simply, what you put in is what you get out.  Think good thoughts, show up and work hard, be fair, be kind, know better – do better, and keep moving forward.

After all, it is what it is, and it’s all good.

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