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Café New Orleans chef takes new job

The executive chef at Café New Orleans in downtown Fredericksburg resigned last week to take a new job in Culpeper.

Garth Hansen is now executive chef of the Culpeper Center, a banquet facility that opened last summer at 137 S Main St.

He will also become executive chef of an as yet unnamed restaurant when it opens later this year in the side of the building housing the center that faces East Davis Street.

“I was sad to leave Fredericksburg and all of the great personal relationships that I have developed with repeat customers but will only be 30 miles away,” he said in an email.