Gazpacho gets a Southern twist at Achie’s, where the traditional Spanish chilled soup is made with green tomatoes. The gazpacho, which comes with Georgia shrimp, pickled avocado, a dab of creme fraiche and a few drops of chile oil, is poured tableside. CONTRIBUTED BY HENRI HOLLIS
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Hugh Acheson’s Achie’s closes at the Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Hugh Acheson’s culinary entry at the Omni Hotel at the Battery Atlanta has closed after less than a year.

Achie’s closed within the last two weeks, Tomorrow’s News Today first reported. A representative at the hotel confirmed the closure to the AJC. 

The restaurant, which opened in January 2018, served breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch as well as room service for hotel guests. 

“Hugh thought that the restaurant was doing a good job and chef Alex Bolduc was executing some great food, but the business just was not viable for the long term and the hotel decided to go in a different direction,” said a representative for Acheson.

The menu, described as featuring “dishes that emphasize responsibly sourced ingredients executed in a more approachable way,” according to a press release, included items such as a French omelet with boursin, chives and leeks to a whole spatch-cocked local chicken for two, as well as cocktails, wines and local craft beer.

Named for Acheson’s grandfather, a Canadian banker who worked in the Caribbean, Achie’s offered “two things very dear to my heart – delicious coffee and spectacular views of some fine baseball, so fans will feel like they are right in the action,” Acheson said in a prepared statement when the planned restaurant was first announced.

AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras gave the restaurant two out of four stars when she reviewed it in May, writing, “This is a carte that gives a nod to Southern cuisine, and from a kitchen not restricted by tradition.”

Achie’s was one of many concepts Acheson, who is known nationally for his presence on “Top Chef Masters,” and his role as a judge on “Top Chef”. He owns Empire State South and Spiller Park Coffee in Atlanta and 5&10 and The National in Athens.

He was also involved in the opening of First & Third Hot Dog and Sausage Shack in the Battery, though he is no longer affiliated with the eatery. He also served as a consultant at Battery concept Punch Bowl Social , which opened in late 2017. 

In addition, he owned the now-shuttered Cinco y Diez in Athens and The Florence in Savannah.

Achie’s is the second celebrity concept at the Battery to close in the past year -- Todd English Tavern closed its doors in May. 

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