This fine fellow striking the classic “Iron Chef” bring it pose is Nick Melvin, who will be leaving his post at Parish Foods & Goods in the Old Fourth Ward to join Athens chef Hugh Acheson in his first Atlanta venture, Empire State South.
A native of New Orleans, Melvin has worked at Bayonna in the Crescent City, and at Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, Alabama — good training for a chef who will run the city’s most anticipated new Southern restaurant.
According to Acheson’s press release, his new Midtown eatery will be “ a modern meat n’ three that takes a fresh and vibrant approach to Southern classics. Acheson’s vision is an “every person” restaurant, where simple foods are cooked flawlessly. Empire State will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with courtyard bocce ball available all day and an extensive coffee bar.”
That sounds like awesomeness.
Acheson, who came to national prominence with the opening of Five and Ten, also runs the National — another Athens eatery that serves small plates and riffs on Mediterranean flavors.