Earlier this week, Hugh Acheson was on-site and checking-in with the construction crew remodeling the historic house on South Milledge Avenue that will soon become home to his iconic Athens neighborhood restaurant, 5&10.
Acheson said he hopes the move around the corner from the original Five Points location on South Lumpkin Street will be complete by July.
But the chef, whose other endeavors include The National in Athens, Empire State South in Atlanta, and regular appearances as a judge on Top Chef, sighed as he talked about being over budget and behind schedule.
“We’re not doing that much in the main part of the house,” Acheson said, pointing to a paint-streaked vintage fireplace. “We’re mainly opening up vistas. We want to retain everything that makes this house special.”
The gentle build-out includes several contiguous dining areas, a bar, a coffee bar, and restrooms. A new addition at back of the house will contain a two-story kitchen,