Hugh Acheson is one of the few Georgia chefs who consistently gets national recognition. But until now the Food & Wine Best New Chef 2002 and the James Beard Chef in the Southeast Finalist has only been cooking in Athens at Five & Ten and National. I have yet to get all the way out to Athens for dinner, so I haven't yet tried his food. That's why I'm so glad to hear he's signed a lease to open a restaurant at 999 Peachtree in Spring 2010.
At the new restaurant, to be called Empire State So., Acheson will continue to cook Southern influenced, local, responsible cuisine, and in this case his focus will be on meat 'n three for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The press release says this of the new venture:
Empire State So. will be a community restaurant focused on southern staples. It will make you crave okra, smothered pork chops, and collard greens. We want it to be a place where you’ll find yourself having a drink on Sunday, a coffee on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, a to-go sandwich on Thursday and dinner on Friday."
Looking forward to finally getting to see what all the Acheson fuss is about!