Mack & Kates Cafe & Wine Bar in Kingston Springs has a new chef, David Billings, who joins Michael Czapleski in the kitchen of Bernie and Jan Strawn's Kingston Springs landmark. With a resume that includes time as a sous chef at The Inn at Blackberry Farm, Billings replaces chef Devon Malcolm.
In March, Malcolm took over the kitchen at the Strawns' sister restaurant, Macke's, in Green Hills, replacing Darrell Manhold. Chefs Malcolm and Manhold put MacK & Kates on the map three years ago, when the upscale contemporary restaurant garnered rave reviews in its unlikely out-of-town location.
Manhold, who earned a reputation for his deft touch with seafood, left Macke's this spring to pursue various culinary opportunities and has most recently landed at the Pineapple Room Restaurant at Cheekwood, where he is in the process of updating the menu, which is expected to be ready in early September.