5&10 (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 (2007) is a small bistro with a Mediterranean influence, particularly the foods of Northern Africa and Spain. The chef is Peter Dale and the beverage director is Chris Luken, both of whom have been partners from day one. 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 (2010) is our foray into Atlanta 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.
Cinco y Diez (2014) is our newest venture partnering up with my old pal and business partner Melissa Clegg. Cinco y Diez is a neighborhood cocina combining central and south american flavors with southern sensibilities. The kitchen is being led by Whitney Otawka. Cinco y Diez celebrates the vibrancy of latin cuisine and places it in a venue that feels authentic and community driven.