"The restaurants have become extensions of my food philosophy."
Restaurants Hugh Acheson
Five & Ten
Five & Ten
1073 S Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: 706-546-7300
Five & Ten

Five & Ten (2000) was started from scratch and represents our continual quest to provide a community restaurant within our town. It is a restaurant with little pomp and circumstance serving a diverse crowd of people. To some, we are a restaurant for special occasions and to others we are their constant meal source. The menu has always been an open interpretation of Southern food, melding Georgia cookery with French and Italian influences I learned growing up. It’s been a very fun restaurant over the years.

The National
The National
232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601
Phone: 706.549.3450
The National

The National (2007) is a small bistro with a Mediterranean influence, particularly the foods of Northern Africa and Spain. It is led by the mutually talented and adored chef, Peter Dale. The National blends the comfort and smarts of a community restaurant with an international feel that makes us all comfortable global citizens.

Empire State South
Empire State South
999 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-541-1105
Empire State South

Empire State South (2010) is our Atlanta outpost and has been a great success. The food, spanning breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, is very modern with a deep loyalty and respect for local ingredients. The wine program, coffee service and kickass bocce ball court are all-important attributes to a restaurant that has found its heart in midtown Atlanta.

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The Florence
1 West Victory Suite B Savannah GA
Phone: 912-234-5522
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The Florence (2014) is our newest venture and our foray into the beautiful city of Savannah. I've always loved Savannah for its quiet simplicity and lovely pace of life. The Florence is a neighborhood Italian eatery housed in a restored ice factory from the late 1800's. The kitchen is helmed by the young and immensely talented Kyle Jacovino. The Florence is both a homage to the ways of Italian life and a tribute to the namesake, Savannah's own Florence Martus.