Top Chef Judge Hugh Acheson Closes Hotel Restaurant
According to Eater Atlanta, Chef Hugh Acheson’s Achie’s inside the Omni Hotel at Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park in Cobb County closed after just ten months, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. The reason behind the closure is unclear, however, an inside source tells Eater Atlanta the decision to shutter the restaurant was likely the hotel’s. Achie’s, named for Acheson’s grandfather, served riffs on Southern fare as well as poutine, burgers, and ballpark snacks on Braves game days.
A representative for the hotel confirmed the closure and indicated Achie’s will eventually be replaced by another restaurant.
In an interview with the AJC upon opening, Acheson said the restaurant was “meant to be a destination,” but with “no pomp and circumstance.” He went on to say, “If Empire [State South] is a little quiet oasis in Midtown, then Achie’s should be a little quiet oasis at The Battery.”
The Omni Hotel is located off the main drag and away from Battery’s busy restaurant row in the shadow of SunTrust Park. Achie’s closest dining neighbors are chef Linton Hopkins’ C. Ellet’s Steakhouse, Garden & Gun Club, and Giovanni Di Palma’s Antico pizza.
Acheson announced his latest restaurant project at the stadium complex back in August 2017. Last December, the Top Chef judge named Alex Bolduc as Achie’s executive chef. Bolduc worked previously with Acheson at Five & Ten in Athens, Georgia and at Robert Sinskey Vineyards in the San Francisco bay area.
There are two other Acheson-backed restaurants at Battery Atlanta: the two-story, gaming and dining multiplex Punch Bowl Social and First & Third Hot Dog Shack at SunTrust Park.