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Hugh Acheson's Cinco y Diez Is No More

The Athens restaurant opened less than a year ago.

Cinco y Diez
Cinco y Diez
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Cinco y Diez, Hugh Acheson's Mexican concept in Athens, held its final service Sunday night and is now closed. The restaurant opened in January in the space vacated by Acheson's Five & Ten, which moved into a bigger home. It appears that Acheson and partner Melissa Clegg made the decision to shut down based on financial reasons.

"Restaurants take three main things. Heart, soul, and business plans," Acheson said in a prepared statement. "Cinco y Diez exhibited every ounce of heart and soul that it could, and I am proud of what we accomplished.

"The business side was lacking. Sadly, Melissa and I have determined that it will be more fiscally responsible to close our doors than to continue on."

Cinco y Diez's website now suggests dining at Acheson's two other Athens restaurants, The National and Five & Ten, or Last Resort, Clegg's restaurant in the Classic City.

Cinco y Diez

There's no word yet on future plans for executive chef Whitney Otawka, who cooked at late Athens restaurant Farm 255 before teaming up with Acheson, or the Five Points space, but Flagpole reports that it is in the hands of Clegg.

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Cinco y Diez

1653 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30606 (706) 850-2020 Visit Website