Empire State South owner Hugh Acheson just reopened Athens eatery Five & Ten in its new location on Wednesday, and now he's announced that he'll be putting a Mexican restaurant in the Lumpkin Street space that once housed it. Tentatively called Cinco y Diez, the restaurant will "follow the same food philosophy as [Acheson]'s other restaurants," and though "no official documents have been signed," the chef and Top Chef judge feels confident that plans will go smoothly.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Cinco y Diez "will follow the tenets of farm-to-table, sourcing a majority of its ingredients locally, but will not lean on the pretentiousness such a term connotes." Also: Acheson "plans to adapt Mexican cuisine by incorporating the same creative methods that Five & Ten used to remake French, Southern and Italian food into fresh, inventive combinations."
Helming this restaurant will be talented local chef Whitney Otawka, who has worked with Acheson before and most recently led the kitchen at Farm 255, another Athens establishment. Farm 255 is closing on July 19.
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