Hugh Acheson joins Punch Bowl Social as 'culinary partner'

Hugh Acheson -- the man behind Empire State South in Midtown, 5 & 10 and The National in Athens and The Florence in Savannah -- is adding another job to his already long resume.

Acheson will serve as a 'culinary partner' for Denver-based restaurant group Punch Bowl Social. Acheson will oversee the culinary direction of the restaurant concept and will unveil a menu featuring a complete overhaul of the food offerings on Aug. 26. He will also develop all seasonal menu changes and create daily green plate and blue plate specials offered at all locations.

Launched four years ago, Punch Bowl Social -- which features chef-driven American cusine -- has locations in Denver, Portland, Austin, Detroit, Cleveland and Schaumburg, Ill., with new locations coming in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Denver's Stapleton neighborhood, Sacramento, San Diego, Rancho Cucamonga, Chicago, Dallas and Brooklyn.

In addition to his restaurants, Acheson serves as a judge on "Top Chef" and is a cookbook author, with "A New Turn in The South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen," "Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks" and "The Broad Fork, Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits" under his belt. He has been named as Best Chef: Southeast by the James Beard Foundation.

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