Cinco y Diez in Athens Closed

Whitney Otawka in Athens.

After just 10 months in business, Cinco y Diez, the Athens Mexican restaurant from Hugh Acheson, chef Whitney Otawka and co-owner Melissa Clegg has closed.

Hillary Brown reported the news in Flagpole yesterday:

After Flagpole received a tip that the locks on the building were being changed, Hugh Acheson confirmed that the restaurant is officially out of business and that the future of the building is in Melissa Clegg's hands. He also said he doesn't know what chef Whitney Otawka's plans are, but that he loved what she was doing.

Cinco y Diez opened in January 2014, in the remodeled Five Points space that was home to Acheson’s iconic 5&10, which had previously moved to a new location on nearby Milledge Avenue.

Before the opening, I interviewed Otawka about the new venture.

Asked about the situation this morning, this is what Acheson had to say via email:

The only thing I can say is that it would be easier if it wasn't so good. I thought the food and bev were pretty sensational, the staff was on point, and the place was a nice pretty design. It was a touch loud. Who knows. Ain't no one to blame in all of this, as I think all involved tried their best. At the end of the day you have to sell lots of F&B to stay afloat.

The end result is a business that couldn't make it. That's it.

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