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Re-review: Empire State South’s surprising next chapter

It’s been eight years since celebrity chef Hugh Acheson opened Empire State South and challenged Atlanta’s notion that Southern food is something preciously preserved in the past. But a lot can change in eight years. Empire State South’s next chapter, under newly installed executive chef Adam Waller, marks a deliberate return to the basics.

What’s next for Hugh Acheson?

We talk to the James Beard award-winning chef about his new restaurant at the Battery, Achie's, his sketchbook doodles, and whether or not he'll return to television.
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Gillespie, Satterfield, and Staplehouse advance to finals for 2016 James Beard Awards

Staplehouse is a finalist for Best New Restaurant, while Satterfield and Gillespie are up for Best Chef: Southeast. This year marks the fourth time that Satterfield has made this category (and Gillespie’s second)

Is Hugh Acheson opening a restaurant at Ponce City Market?

When Ponce City Market opens this spring, will Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Five & Ten, the National, and the Florence) be among the tenants? We think so.

Meal That’s Worth the Drive: Five & Ten

Fourteen years ago, Hugh Acheson opened his flagship restaurant in the college town of Athens, and today, it still cranks out the engaging, thoughtful food we’ve come to expect from him.

What’s next for Whitney Otawka, formerly of Cinco y Diez?

Last Sunday, Hugh Acheson’s Mexican restaurant Cinco y Diez opened its doors for the last time. Less than one year in, the restaurant, led by executive chef Whitney Otawka, closed because “the business side was lacking,” according to Acheson. Now Otawka—who previously served as executive chef of the now defunct Farm 255—is working on her next steps.

Hugh Acheson’s Cinco y Diez shutters after 10 months in business

Less than one year in, Hugh Acheson’s Mexican restaurant Cinco y Diez has closed. There’s no word on what Acheson—chef and founder of Empire State South, the National, and the Florence—and business partner Melissa Clegg—founder of Last Resort Grill—will do with the now defunct restaurant space.

Check, please: Bill Addison’s final list of favorite Atlanta restaurants

Forks up, y’all: We’ll soon witness an unprecedented surge of restaurant openings in Atlanta. It’s about time.

Hugh Acheson offers details on the Florence

Good news: more details have surfaced on Hugh Acheson’s next restaurant, the Florence. The chef/owner is expanding to Savannah in a historic building at One West Victory Drive with an Italian restaurant. Acheson hopes to open in May, and Kyle Jacovino, previously of Acheson restaurants Five & Ten and Empire State South, will be the executive chef.

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